If I were to rephrase blueranger’s op, i would say we can approach our lives transactionally or relationally. For me, music in the background is transactional; low res music is transactional; focussing on acquiring the equipment is transactional. On the other hand, when I listen deeply, it is thrilling and sometimes even transformative.
Humans have physical needs, and we can get those needs met transactionally, without much depth to the experience. We can also get our needs met in a more immersive way (an encompassing sound stage if you will). Some folks of all genders are satisfied getting their needs met in a sort of background music manner—and others are only satisfied when everything lines up just so.
I suspect most of us are a mix, and our relationship to our equipment can be similarly mixed.
See how much more concise blueranger is than me!!