Hello all, For several months now I have been trying to put together (on paper) a reasonably high-end hi-fi system which would also serve as a Home Cinema system prior to arranging auditions of chosen components. The primary requirement would be music, NOT movies but at the same time I would want a pretty good standard of Home Cinema. I am going to have to put the system together in a series of steps (eg speakers first, then amp, then front-end). There is no firm budget, but the eventual spend I had in mind was something like £10 - £12k (not including the visual side of things such as plasma screen etc), assuming I can pluck up the courage to spend that kind of money. But, before I go ahead and start seriously auditioning components, I have one question for all the posters/visitors to these boards who have high-end systems: Does your system deliver constant & reliable emotional satisfaction? By which I mean does your system 'connect' with you at an emotional level whenever you play it? If I'm going to spend £10K on a hi-fi system, then I sure as hell want it to 'connect' with me on an emotional level whenever I listen to it. If it doesn't then I might as well spend my money on something else. My current system is a hotch-potch of separates put together over a number of years and sometimes it sounds brilliant and at other times it sounds plodding. I don't want to have spent £10k and still be in the same position. For that sort of money, I want a system that alters my mood and takes me places. So, if you have a high-end system, then I would be very interested in hearing whether you think it delivers the goods or not. I'd like to avoid a very expensive mistake.