I got a new Crutchfield catalog yesterday and they are touting their SpeakerCompare technology. It's supposed to let you compare sonic differences between speakers in the privacy of your own home. You tell them what kind of headphones you're using, pick a few speakers to compare and then listen to sound clips they've recorded using the different speakers. They will even sell you a "SpeakerCompare Listening Kit" that consists of some headphones and a DAC/heaphone amp that they recommend. It turns out I already have the headphones they want to sell (Sennheiser HD 280 pro) so I gave it a try. Maybe the problem is that I don't have a external DAC (I plugged them into my PC), but I was unimpressed. I could hear differences but I can't imagine buying speakers based on what I heard. My wife summed it up pretty well with a wisecrack along the lines of "It's not the Magnolia Room". If anyone wants to try it, the link is www.crutchfield.com/speakercompare.