Before I found this forum and became a little more educated about HT I went into an Audio specialty store and was shown some of the "toys" that were on display. My wife and I were escorted into their fanciest HT room which was about 20 x 30 ft and sat down in some nice comfy theater chairs. I told the salesman I was mostly interested in music so he pressed the touch screen located between the chairs to lower the lights, and selected a couple of songs from the on screen menu. He had mentioned that we were listening to Wilson speakers which, although I was newbie, I knew were about $20K per pair. The salesman started playing a couple of songs and stepped out for a moment and I made the statement to my wife that the speakers sounded nice, but they didn't sound $19,500 better than my Energy XL's. The salesman came back in after a few minutes and started his sales pitch about how good the system was etc, etc. and I asked him about the speakers and he told me what I was listening to was not only just the mains, which were the Wilson Watt Puppys but all of the speakers, the Wilson, sub. which was the size of a chest freezer, the center channel, and rears which were all huge. I asked him if the sub. was turned on since I didn't think the music had enough bass, and he confirmed that it was. I figured with a sub that big the whole building should be shaking. After all I was(am) a newbie. So in reality we were listening to over $40k worth of speakers. After the songs were over and as we walked out of the room I asked him what was driving the speakers and he mentioned something about Meridian monoblocks and processors, players etc.etc. Little did I know how "high end" the system was. Now that I am little more educated I realize now that I was listening to over $100K worth of stuff. Even now that I know that I still don't think it sounded 100 times better than my $1K entry level system. Suppose if I go back again and give it another listen it will sound better now that I know how really expensive it is?