there certainly are different usage occasions for a hifi
good ones perform to make the owner/listener happy whichever the occasion may be, be it supplying casual background ambient tunes, to the most intent, focused listening
Not for me - I'm only playing my gear when I am actively listening to it - I don't keep music in the background for day-to-day activities, just like my TV is never on unless there is something I am particularly watching. That doesn't mean I'm evaluating the gear, just engaging brain more with music....
Always looking for new interesting music no matter how it's recorded poor or good and always looking for undiscovered old music no matter how it's recorded poor or good.
For me listening is not analyzing how it's recorded, but analyzing how it's played.
As to the volumes, mostly love it big, natural and revealing even for casual listening.