Good point, Gary - the review was totally devoid of any technical details. This is my take on that: if the music sounds right, unadorned, life-like and stirs the emotions as a live session would, then, by definition, to me, the audio sytem has done its job and is "technically" perfect. If anything jars, distorts, colors, sounds artificial, sterile, forced, strained, or in any way has an element, tone, grittiness or lack of depth and soundstage, or deficiency, such as mid-range leanness, bass-shyness or boominess, or rolled-off highs, then it is subject to a critical dissection and a technical analysis. To me, finding technical issues with the sound I am now hearing is tantamount to criticizing the interpretation and performance of the musicians; if the recording is bad,then that is another issue, but this is the reason we use the same sources to compare, listen to our components for comparison purposes. So, bottom line is that the sound is life-like enough for me to "just listen to the music" and nothing jarred or shattered that illusion - the ultimate accolade to a play-back sytem. Of course, everything, especially subjective evaluations of an illusion - and musical playback is an illusion - it's not a real performance - is relative and subject to the critical ear and perception of the listener - so a better ear/listener may say that it is "80% or 90% of a live experience" and find the technical reasons for the 10-20% deficiency. I'm not that good - obviously others are - and to me it hits the spot. (Now, listening to vinyl may shatter my illusion totally and say "What was I thinking? This is real! Which is why I will continue to avoid going back the road I disbanded 12 years ago when I threw away (groan) my LPs)
Wellfed, I will do a cable swap once the system is warmed up and broken in - right now, it's too good to play with!! Furthermore, it's a huge deal, as the components are squeezed into an impossible space in a large furniture rack against the wall with closed sides and is a major deal to do. But if I get my hands on any serious contenders to the Indra, I would be interested to do the experiment. Will keep you posted.
Thanks for the feedback, all of you. And for the suggestions that led me this way.