this is a phobia. don't worry about moving components....systems can even sound different depending on the time of day...its nothing to fret about.
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That's one of the reasons I have a simple two channel system, i.e. a good integrated amp and a single source. In another room, I have a multi-channel processor, multi-channel amp, DVD, etc. housed in a armoire cabinet. Man, what a headache that set-up is to move. I do agree that systems seem to require a "settle in" period after they've been moved before they sound right again. I can't explain, but believe its a very real phenomenon. I just moved by two channel set-up to re-paint the room. One tip is to tape the outline of your speaker positions on the floor. It saves a lot of time when you re-set the system.
It's time to get a life Foster.
The ski season in North America is almost over, and I pray to the Ski Gods to give me another season, 9 months from now, where perfect turns will protect me from a life/death defying vertical assault.
If speaker cable obsessions keep you amused 9 months from now, I submit it's time to find another hobby (and a life).
If dismataling your system causes you distress,it's time to start dealing in the real world.
Good Luck, Snofun
It is a chore, buy I am faced with that task some day when I can dedicate a whole day to it. I need to add a few castors to the cabinet and with a combo HT /2 channel system and heavy McIntosh amps. I just keep finding excuses not to do it. But it affords a freat opportunity to clean the connections and the componenst inside. I like to use canned air to blow dust out of everything when I get them out on the floor. Not a phobeia just lazy procastination.
I fear folks missing the point of posts and providing useless answers. That is not so fun.
Foster, if you wish to get the same exact performance, all must be put exactly as it was. Even slight differences can have a noticeable impact. Try to be precisely aware of how your system is set up so you can replicate it.