have you ever??? in 2-Channel Home Audio Posted July 23, 2010 It's easy to fall into the trap of remembering what another system sounds like. Auditory memory is extremely short. There's also the issue of psychoacoustics- I'm sure that you experienced days with your previous reference where it just didn't sound quite as incredible as it may have the day before. Moods and emotions play a role here. Have you ever tried nearfield listening? Doing that allows you to be encompassed by the soundstage- basically, you become part of it. I've listened that way for years and can no longer listen any other way.