I used to be a right anorak when it came to music and hi-fi. I shunned any music if it was badly produced or sounded dodgy. I had "what I call" (Miranda) a decent set up. Mostly Technics triple class A amp, decent cd and tape dec and a Garrard deck that I inherited off my dad. Massive wharfdale speakers that took the plaster off the walls. Then I got married. Still kept the Hi-Fi but scaled it down a bit to fit in the house (got rid of the wharfdeales and got some mission m's. Record deck went in the garage so just had the Technics amp and cd player. 10 years go by and I got offered a Sony surround system from someone at work and tried it out. Sounded crap compared to what I had. The gimmick of 5.1 did not grab me. Sent it back to him with a free flea in his ear about "proper" hi-fi. 10 years later I decide to get in the 21st century and buy an AVR. I am mainly drawn by the lure of Hi Def flac and 24bit sound. Decide on a Denon x1000 as the specs look similar to what I had. Use my Missions as rear speakers and get a pair of second hand Quad 11ls for the front. Guess what it nearly sounds as good as what I had.!