How can one make an object measurement of the clutter of their system?
Increased clutter increases the probability of poor connections, unpredictable grounding effects and the opportunity for each cable to act like an antenna.
So count the number of components, number of wall warts, and number of cables going to the wall.
from separate components each of my three systems has a small, low power, (yet powerful Intel i3 based ) pc, a Samsung 700 Receiver, Belkin PF60 power conditioner, the display and speakers with subwoofer.
First there are no wall warts.
One A/C power connection to the wall
One Gigabit Ethernet connection to the PC
One connection to free OTA HDTV, using an coaxial RG6 cable
One HDMI cable between components
Since I started this thread the new Samsung 700 receiver has eliminated the previously thought essential D/A converter, resulting in a startling sonic dividends. (It may still be half off at Newegg.)
ATI released their improved 10.1 drivers and MicroSoft also updated Windows Media Center. The glaring faults have been corrected. It only took a year guys!
The result is the ATI 5000 (6000) series offer the best picture and bit-stream sound quality, better than any stand-alone player. When used with PowerDvd 10 Ultra MKII of course.
So reduce your component count/clutter, play less and enjoy extraordinary picture and sound quality.
Who else needs to work toward reducing their rats nest?