Hello DaveS–its funny you should mention this. I had not turned my system on for a week or so due to travel. Last Thursday was the first day home in about a week. I turned on my system, selected TIDAL and Willie Nelson’s Stardust, as that is a fav of mine and my wifes, and we play it often. It sounded really good–make that better than I have ever heard it. Brushed it off as the fact that my ears had rested for just over a week, and they were fresh. However, I know this piece well and my system well, made no changes other than a power cycle, and WOW it was good. Later in the day, I listened to a couple more cuts that I know well, and had the same conclusion. Was busy packing for travel on Friday, so did not follow up until now–but I would say that there has been an improvement–it sounds more real, more ambiance, more presence. I am back up country without the system, so I cannot listen again for a couple if days.
I am working on a second system at my mountain house, populated with things that moved on, but not away, and a few buys off eBay. Townshend Pre, Adcom 555, Sony DVD, Samsung TV, Apogee Auriga on walls, Meridian 3300 center, and a Meridian 218 control unit.