Ok, system is quite simple: Rossini+clock, integrated amplifier, loudspeakers (see below for details).
Something incredible happened yesterday: a substantial improvement of sound quality: my wife and me looking at each other saying “it never sounded this good”. We were listening to Earth Wind and Fire, and specifically “Feeling Blue”, “That’s the way of the world”, “Devotion”, “Fantasy”. We immediately put on some more well known tracks, and… yes, it was better! And not slightly better: really BETTER!
I looked at what I had recently changed, and obviously it was …
Today it’s still sounding great, and we are left here wondering where this change comes from.
Amp and loudspeakers are not new; Rossini and clock around 300 hrs, cables around 400 hrs.
Rossini player + clock, connected to the network via 16ft Blue Jeans cable; Qobuz streaming, no particular music server, but both my Macbook PRO M1 with minimserver and my Windows 10 PC with its internal UPNP work seamlessly and with great sound quality.
SPEC FX33A integrated amplifier https://spec-corp.jp/audio/RSA-F33EX/index.html
Suesskind BEO EX speakers https://suesskindaudio.de/en/beo-ex/
Cables from Rossini to SPEC are Hijiri Million Kiwami http://www.combak.net/cables/HIJIRI-Interconnect-Cables.html
Loudspeakers Cables are Hijiri H-SLC Million Speaker cables
Clock cables are Geistnote.
Power cables are Hijiri Nagomi http://www.combak.net/cables/HIJIRI-Nagomi-Power-cords.html