I had the pleasure of hearing a few tracks from the white album and it sent shivers down my spine and made the hair on my arms stand up. The sound was more than I could ever have expected. I know we have all bought these Cd's before about 20 years ago but unlike the Stones, Bowie and Genesis,who have reissued there CD's three times already, the Beatles have waited till we would notice a real difference in the sound and technology has moved on. I know the stereo mixes were secondary to the mono mixes until Sgt Pepper, but the stereo mixes of ten of the albums are 100% better than the 1987 versions. Don't worry all the ep tracks singles are on the past masters as a double CD. I am sure if you only buy your favorite album you may return and but another.As for re mixing in 5.1 no no this is how the music was ment to be heard correct and clear. Having received the box set it is disappointing that Please Please me and With the Beatles are not presented in MONO only as there is no true stereo issue ever made, in fact the stereo version is just the two tracks un-mixed together with a little re-verb, and sounds pretty awful compared to the MONO version, for example listen to the MONO version of Twist and shout and compare it with the stereo version and you will know what I mean. A hard days night For sale sound and help fine vocals in the center and instruments balanced. Rubber Soul parts of revolver Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt Pepper are still Vocals one channel and instruments other, what a shame and a missed opportunity (see Beach Boys pet sounds to see what can be done). However the white album, Abbey road and let it be sound great and well worth it.