In the late seventies and early eighties, we didn't care about cables. There were none to care about.
And, we had great systems. Jaw droppers that opened new vistas for those upgrading from the ordinary to something extraordinary.
We managed just fine without expensive cables. Yet, when they were first introduced, our great systems got even better. Our horizons had been extended, like climbing a hill for the first time.
I am not picking on cables.
I just wanted to point out how great systems can be assembled even when you have less than perfect components.
Your setup may be humble. That doesn't mean it cannot be great.