Ok, yes maybe it should be called something like headstage? I still like the word soundstage.
So all I'm saying is try a ton of different stuff. You don't have to buy everything, but just go to a show, or over to friends and just mix as much different equipment into your rig as you can.
Every piece of equipment you use sounds a little different. Each piece of gear reacts differently depending which combo it's in. Once you find the key combo, trading out stuff like power cords and RCA cables can at times get results for some listeners. The optimum results would be detail along with the ability to hear far back into a bigger headstage. Because of the introduction of speed due to correct equipment / cable combos, not only are you hearing more of a sonic environment / space, but it can result in being more musical.
The detail can be found by having the equipment articulate better due to system speed.
The only way your going to find these qualities is by recognizing smeared music, crappy headstage and be willing to keep trying different equipment until you find gold.
Part of this is learning your sound preference. All of us like a slightly different sound. Normally there is trade offs between cold analytical and warmth somewhere. At times it really seems like DACs will start getting super detailed but it can be at a loss of musicality and comfort. It is not only finding the speed and detail but finding the complete sound you can live with.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 12/22/13 at 1:59pm