Okay, it hasn't been like I've been living under a rock for all these years. However after years of listening to music through portables, Walkmans and not so good receivers, recent upgrades to the 2 channel reproduction on my stereo/HT system I'm just hearing how great stereo can be. There is so much in those CDs and especially records(Can we say RCA) that I didn't know about. Before I've read about imaging and soundstage and thought what were they talking about, now I know. With my old stuff, there was the left/right separation of course but it was like 'Yes that saxophone is coming from somewhere on the right near the drums'. Now it's like 'The saxophone is coming from that spot right there and the drums are behind him to the left.' I'm not saying every piece of music I own is like that since a lot of this depends on the mastering of the source material. With multi-channel music it's suppose to give you the feel of being surrounded but with stereo it already does that. Plus for classical music, to be able to distinguish different acoustics for the venue where the recording was done was something totally unexpected. Now that was cool. Don't get me wrong, I still love movies but my music collection outnumbers my DVD collection by a ratio of 6:1 and so I thought I should upgrade that part of my system instead of getting another HT component. I wonder how many here would benefit from upgrading their 2 channel playback instead of getting the latest receiver/processor with 6.1, 7.1 or surround speakers.