On Peter Gabriel's "San Jacinto," from his New Blood album, the stereo imaging was deliciously precise, with an extraordinary sense of recorded detail, yet without the stage thrust forward at the listener. I finished my auditioning with a recording of what I took to be a baroque ensemble performing a piece by Telemann that had been made by MBL's chief engineer Jürgen Reis. Again the imaging and detail was superb, until the unmistakable theme of "Happy Birthday" disturbed the feeling of 18th-century authenticity. Humor in music. I loved it!