I'm sure we've all had moments where an audio system reproduces the music so perfectly that it's almost surreal, a moment where you are so connected to the music that your hair stands on end and you get goosebumps. I thought it might be fun for us all to share some of those moments, and what the equipment was. In my case, a moment like that came at a local showroom here in Houston 7-8 years ago. The highest end room in the dealer's store had a pair of Vandersteen Model 5A's fed by a pair of Pass Labs monoblocks (xa160.5's I think). The source was a Meridian CD transport, and it was all being fed through a high end Goldmund pre-amp (for the life of me, I can't remember the model). Easily a system that cost close to 100K all in. The disc was some of the usual Diana Krall overplayed demo-room material, but the sound was like nothing I had ever heard before. I remember the velvety smooth mid-range and vocals, deep and tight bass (Vandy's never disappoint there) and above all some of the best reproduced and natural sounding piano I have ever heard. As I sat there, every hair on my arms stood up, and I sat there enjoying the music for a good 10 minutes before politely explaining that I had no desire to take out a loan that large. From there, my hunt began to find speakers that gave me that same feeling at a price I could afford.