I've come to the conclusion that the most significant improvement in sound quality does not come from new equipment, but from bigger ears! Without resorting to cosmetic surgery (not for the squeamish), or genetically selecting for bigger ears (takes generations) there has to be some sort of equipment to enhance ones auditory experience. I've found the following solution to work a treat: Sit in your usual listening position - with your favourite music playing. Cup your hands behind your ears. Be staggered by the increase in volume, dynamics and range. Now, there are some downsides to this. You look a right berk! It's also difficult to do other things at the same time - eat a sandwich, read a book, whatever... More significantly, she who must be obeyed will probably be having a snigger, and it's totally impossible in mixed company due to social pariah status (if not already achieved through being obsessive about hifi) being granted. So, to overcome some of this, I've designed the "Audio-boost" (and before any of you scallywags think of copying this design I ought to point out it is the subject of a patent application). This involves cutting a 6 inch diameter plastic bowl in half, and attaching each half to an alice-band, and placing this on the head, with the half-bowls behind each ear. Result - increased musical enjoyment, and your hands are free to do all those other things you do whilst listening to music. Has to be better than spending vast sums on the latest miracle interconnect. I'm taking orders for these, be the first in your street with Audio-Boost!