Agree with all previous posts on the topic. One other obvious thing to remember is that you have to reach a certain level of system quality before the potential benefits outweigh all the negatives mentioned. When I was acquiring the Angel Sonic Series back in the 80's, I really didn't appreciate their superior audio qualities. Now that I've acquired a better system, I do indeed appreciate them! As others mentioned, not all 45's are created equal, depends on the source materials inherent potential and re-mastering and pressing quality. I bought the Doors "Strange Days" in 45rpm and was rather disappointed in the minimal improvements over a good 33rpm pressing. On the other hand, the 45rpm One Step Mastering of Santana's "Abraxas" is a sonic marvel (although I wouldn't part with the current $600 asking price to buy a copy.) Every current 45rpm remastering of "warhorse" Classical music releases that are sold by audiophile recording retailers like Music Direct sound better than any original 33rpm pressing I've ever heard. In spite of the acclaim the original RCA "Shaded Dogs" receive, I've yet to hear a 33rpm original release that lived up to some audiophile hype (and I have quite a few Shaded Dogs with low, early release stamper numbers.) Modern 45rpm remasters/pressings sound marvelous though IMO.