Well, since I am a fan of a lot of musical genres (and a deadhead as well), I like to start out with quotes from lyrics: "Twenty thousand roads I’ve been down, down, down……..and they all lead me straight back home to you. (Gram Parsons)" Yup, two channel can be really good… The best of analog, for the two minutes of listening you get for every hour of fucking with it, OMFG. The problem with analog is that much analog, as practiced in 2017, really sux. It’s just that the returns are slim. I’m not talking $3000.00 carts and dollar quantitative stuff – I’m talking sweat equity and tweaks in cart geometry, anti-skating adjustments sounding different in different parts of the record, cart alignment, VTA, tweak, retweak, and most of all know when to quit when you’re behind – that is less than some unreachable level of perfect adjustment yet ineffable ecstasy nonetheless. Besides, digital is getting beyond really good and one fuck of a lot easier. But I get way ahead of myself. I started this thread to yak about my experiences with two channel speaker systems since I set up my first system at the age of 11 at the dawn of stereo LPs. I had to save up for over a year to get that system by mowing lawns but it was worth every penny of the almost one hundred and thirty bucks it cost me which was a fortune back then. (Although the dollars were still real silver.) <<Damn, lost my train of thought listening to the coda of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstacy – holy schiit – goosebumps – and yeah, I’m listening to digits right now through my usual suspects collection of work gear with the inclusion of a new deal we should have out early in the year – tease, tease>> Anyway, it was my first system – my parents let me set it up in the den – it was a knight-kit KG-250 amp, a Garrard Model 40 record changer, an Empire 880 cart, and a pair of (I can’t remember the model number) Knight Speakers. Back then, 45 rpm records were a buck, LP records were 3 bucks for mono or 4 for stereo, which made getting the music relatively expensive in the context of today. We had a record store called Wallach’s Music City where you could listen before you bought. This, in an era of no on demand servers, only the luck of the draw on radio, was a very big deal. The only problem was they charged a buck more per record, so I would listen there and buy at the discount places. My only income was moving lawns, as I was too young even for a paper route back then. My system was stereo, it played music, and it was wonderful, at least for a while until I started listening critically. (Sound familiar?) There was this other guy who had a stereo in school; he was really nerdy and he listened to classical(!). His name was Dennis and he had a mono (chuckle, sniff) system. So he told me he wanted to hear his amp on my system and could he bring it over. “Sure”, I said. The day came, and he had a paper route bike that he could haul anvils, much less mono tube amps. (He was a year older.) Well, his mono tube amp killed my stereo solid state on any kind of music, especially his fucking classical (which I was starting to like). So there I was, waiting for my 12th birthday so I could get a paper route and mowing lawns for the goal Schwinn bike converted to a paper route bike. It was easy to not buy music because my solid state system sounded like ass with no tube amps. My first audio lesson! As I listened to my solid state amp again, I realized I needed to turn 12 so I could get a real paper route and make better bucks. It was my first audio moment of tumescence for the equipment of another - and my voice had not even changed yet.