I was also 18 when I "got it". I had a DSP Pioneer CD Player in my car audio setup. With some "bright" MB Quart speakers and 4 12" subs. Yes, with the bass down I can actually hear the music. I was listening to my 'US3' cd. For those those that do not know this cd, it is a jazzy hiphop sort of album. It was about 12 midnight and I was driving home from a date. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Now I am much older and have bills and a house and kids and such. So spending $7k+ on a system seems impossible. I'll have to make by with what I am getting.