The Scaena Sensation
IMHO, choice of cables is as important as anything else in the system, because their composition, geometry, shielding, and termination determine how much of an equipment designer's intention actually reaches your ears. In this case, cabling was a full complement of MIT Oracle MA-X2, Oracle MA-X, and Oracle Matrix cabling, plus Oracle Z-III AC cords (10 total). Prices range from a high of $42,000 for the Oracle MA-X2 Super HD speaker interfaces to $1440 for a power cable.
Essential as well were the extraordinary Magico Q-Pod equipment supports that Michael Fremer recently raved about in Stereophile ($1310 for a set of 3). When I first installed these under my transport and DAC/preamp, I was astounded at how much deeper my system extended, and how much firmer the bottom octave became.
I've never associated VAC gear with brightness, but here, the system's sound was notably brighter than with Conrad-Johnson gear at AXPONA 2012. Beyond the sense that the sound was tipped up, I found the wonderful elevated soundstage, air, and massive scale of the presentation immensely satisfying on my trusty SACD of Mahler's Symphony 2, conducted by Ivan Fischer.