Beautiful day, here in the Upper Mississippi River. Listening to my "second" system and knowing that my whole participation in this hobby has been a pursuit of that "moment" when artists, through music, touches the soul - recapturing an experience innocent youth. Trying to recreate that moment is not about how it sounds, but how it engenders an emotional connection. Does great sound make that experience more accessible? Sure. Probably. But rather than an analysis and evaluation of reproducing the creation of performance, musical "connection" is not in the realm of reason/intellect. It is in that ethereal world of spirituality, emotion. So this river rig, although not the league in any analytical sense to my main system, allows the experience of that moment. Or is it the wine?
The system has to be good. High end has its branches where you have to mix components wisely, specially in analogue, but also relationships between speakera and amps are important, etc. Yes, wine is good but I think it is better if the equipment is composed of the right combination of parts.