Over the past 6 months I've been enjoying my first AV/hifi system (after car stereo, and Techinics midi), and I'm looking out for opinions on where to go from here (if anywhere) in term of audio listening pleasure (quality for some). Maybe I'm reaching here, but I believe that there must be something else out there in terms of listening pleasure. I've tried several systems in several stores/homes, from Pioneer VSXD814 + Wharfedale 9.5, Denon 1804 + AE Evo 3 to Rotel stereo separates + Quad 12L and from all the ones I've tried, there was only one where I thought to myself ... "Damn, this sounds like hot chocolate in a cold winter night", if you know what I mean. This was when I auditioned a Katana CD player + Marantz 9300 AV receiver + AE Evo 3! The rest (other systems) was just music (which is not bad, but I can just listen to music in my car). My system is the following: DVD player: Pioneer DV575 AV receiver: Marantz SR7400 Front speakers: Quad 12L (remaining speakers will be probably be Quad 21L and centre) Speaker cable: biwired Chord Carnival Silver Analog interconnects: Chord Cobra 3 Digital interconnect: QED P75 If I close my eyes, I cannot distinguish between the analog (cobra 3) and digital (qed p75) connections between player and amp. The room is 4m long x 7.5m wide (30m^2), wooden floor. The listening position occupies the left square of this almost 2 by 1 room, and the left (4m) wall is mostly glass (shades still to come). The remainder of the system is a Panasonic 42PA50 connected with QED PCV1 to the DVD player, but this post refers to the audio part. The music sounds good, but I'm looking for thrill and excitement instead. I listen to all kinds of music, but bass kick is not a priority. I believe I'm much more sensitive to voices and piano notes. What can I do, without having to sell the house and mortgage the kids future wages?