How can you know if they reach their potential if your cd player and interconnects are of poor quality? At some point you will change them, and then wonder about their burn in. I would suggest you get a cd player, burn everything and then test interconnects. Depending on your budget, you might want to consider the new Rega cd player or the Arcam 7SE, but be sure to demo before buying. I am surprised that you say you don't know what they are supposed to sound like. Does that mean you bought them without listening to them? If that is the case, they may never make you happy. Good luck.