Is it me or do others feel the same. For some strange reason unbeknown to me I seem to have caught the AV bug with some very strange side effects!! I now have an utter compulsion to buy the best kit around even if I have no idea what it can do. My obsession with buying the best is coupled with the fear that I am going to be or have been ripped off. It no longer matters that I dont have enough cash now I will save and eat beans until I can afford it. Take for example my recent trip to a local AV dealer to demo some new speakers. Now after reading all about speakers in the AV mags and reading at least 1000 posts on here, I made a short list of speakers to demo. Hahha I think to myself, I am educated, I am an adult!!! For gods sake how hard can it be! Having read and agree with posts that say let your ears judge the speakers I set off will my list in hand. So off I go confident, no certain, that I can make a selection. Demo 1, Gallo Micros oh, they sounded great demo 2, Gallo DDivas, oh they too sounded great but wait, did they sound any different to the micros? Logic tells me they should!! After all they would cost £100 more than the micros but did they sound different? God only know, the dealers using a high end amp (that I camt afford), speaker cable that I hand never heard of and used a music burnt onto a CR-r oh did I mention the cd was scrathched!! Demo 2, Castles Great reviews . Ah, different amp, cd player and cable. Different room and I couldnt tell any difference. And not WAF acceptable Not allowed boxes in the lounge!!! Demo 3, Mirage Omnisat Speakers using Omnipolar technology now is it me, but what the hell is that. Speakers that envelope you in sound so that you cant tell where the sounds coming from? Now I think I have all this HC wrong? I thought you were supposed to know where the sound was coming from!! I door opens to the left of you and that sounds supposed to come from that direction. I plane flies overhead, you hear the sound move!!! I had a further three demos alas I left knowing less than when I arrived. Further more everyone talks about speakers being bright, struggles with midarange and sweet spots .what are they talking about? I cant describe the differences. How can I tell that the boom with Laser Canon from the film Minority Report doesnt sound natural!! Ive never heard one in real life, nor have I have a two jets fly past within 20 ft!!! How do I know that Tom Hanks voice sounds the same to me as you? How do I know that its not the CD, AMP, Speakers or cable that make the speaker sound good or bad! So here I am, a fully grown man, with kids and responsibilities unable to choose to speakers? Why? Why do I feel like the AV dealer is only selling the amps or speakers that they have in stock and not what they think sounds good? I am however caught in a vicious circle that I distrust AV shops (sorry its for no logical reason other than ignorance and fear) I can not tell what sounds good and what doesnt .I MUST BE TONE DEAF! I cant trust the AV Mags, as they seem to favour certain manufacturers and every one believes that its down to how much advertising they get. So what do I do? And here is the ironic thing, I will probably end up buying the Gallos Dadvia, not because they sound good? Not because they keep my wife happy but because (piers, uncle eric (another forum) and Joe) rate them and they are dealers! You read posts from Hornydragon, Joe, Piers, Gordon, Ian J, Hayes..and after a while realize that they really do know there stuff so they must be able to tell that one product is better than another! I only wish is did! Anyone want to teach me to tell the differences?