But we weren't listening to CDs at SSI. Instead Jeremy was feeding the 1611's USB input from his laptop and playing hi-rez files. He selected a 24-bit/88.2kHz FLAC file that had been recorded by MBL's long-time chief engineer Jürgen Reis, "Walchensee, Mondnacht," a piece for solo piano performed by Martin Vatter, from the album Klangbilder, that starts with "prepared piano" effects before Vatter plays conventionally. My jaw dropped. One thing that conventional speakers never get right with recorded piano sound is the size of the instrument, even when the tonal quality and the dynamic range are accurately presented. The MBL 101E Mk.2s got closer to the piano's actual size than any other speakers I have heard!