Please see what I've highlighted. This is not an insignificant statement. You know, and I'm sure have experienced, the audio thing called synergy. Why do some speakers sound better with some amps? Why do people hear differences between CD players? Why do certain phono cartridges sound better with certain preamps and speakers? I'm not arguing that we aren't playing with the sound by changing cables..............that's the idea. In this way, IMHO, we can tailor the sound to improve the overall system sound.