bit of a long thread this will turn out to be i think, BUT do you think a lot of us listen to the equipment rather than the music playing?
I made this mistake years ago, had a decent bit of kit, and spent hundreds on cables, thousands on sources, loads on supports and mains stuff, but found i was listening to the equipment in the end, rather than the music.
I always used to think newer was always better, dearer was always better,but learned the hard way.
constant upgradatis ensued, and eventually sold the lot, and after a few years, got another system which i am 100% happy with, and now i just concentrate on the music.
anyone made the same mistake?