i agree you can build a 100k system and maybe budget 10% for cables, but i have found that spending more on cables brings more benefits, i have used all the supplied cables for power cords and no matter what signal cables i choose i couldn't get that extra 5% magic i like to hear from my system,
if you are using state of the art equipment 100k+ then average cabling will blow my cheaper system away, but if your playing with the older equipment i have to hand i have found the better designed cables such as jps sc3 really bring the magic out, its my findings that I am mentioning I'm asking has any other audiophile experienced similar
I agree better equipment will beat my equipment using the cables supplied, my point is older used equipment really can benefit from world class cables, no matter how old ones equipment is that product was built to be as good as possible within budget or like many older reference equipment no budget just build the best regardless of price.
state of the art equipment shouldn't need huge sums spent on cables, older used products can really benefit try yourselves,
i have no mis match of components the system sounds like magic , but take the jps loom out and use supplied power cords it loses the magic, the jps power cables with the Townshend audio fractal reference cables is amazing, with the jps sc3 magical, so on paper my systems used cost is 6k for components while used price for cables is around 10k the sound is magical, no mis match the cables are letting the equipment sing