...my system has never sounded better. I dunno -- maybe something broke in. Over the past couple of months, I've changed out a pair of interconnects and both power cords just for the hell of it. That's it. Lateral moves price-wise. Oh yeah, and I go straight to the wall now -- no power conditioner. This change was a big improvement, but it also made me a little nervous because there are frequent power outages in my neighborhood, almost always during rainstorms, though.
My system is slightly less detailed than before, but much more musical. A couple of months ago it was a bit on the clinical side, now it's as smooth as butter. Nevertheless, I can "hear" the recording studio, I can determine the quality of the microphone, I can tell if the microphones are positioned correctly on specific instruments, and I can even hear how much reverb(?) the sound engineer is adding to the vocals.
I'm not sure what caused the change, but I like it a lot. I've been listening to more music over the past week than I have in a long time. In fact, I've recently begun to appreciate a whole new genre -- folk music. I like the bluesy kind, I guess (i.e., Ruthie Foster). Kinda weird how a system will open your mind up to new experiences that you probably never would have considered.
OK, I'm really done this time. Seriously. No more tweaking.;)