I have long maintained that finding a 'proper' balance between all of the various pieces of equipment is key to getting the most out of the music. Just as tube rolling and cables etc. can help tailor the final delivery of the music, so too will a gross mismatch between pieces create a situation where no amount of 'tweaking' by the aforementioned adjustments will be able to overcome a poor matchup.
Knowing (as in experience) is key here and it's WAY to easy to get hopelessly mired in bad combinations.
Which is why sharing of the various possible 'solutions' is or can be so helpful. (A subtle tip of the hat to meets).
ps I will also be bringing a few home made power cables as well. :thumb