kenjit - Every audiophile has 83 problems.
The presentation is veiled. The upper midrange is too granular. The bass is poorly controlled in the room and boomy as a result. The speakers are point sources while no real instruments are, but aren’t the microphones that record the instruments points, too? My electrostats are holographic but lack slam. My massive dynamic speakers have slam but overthrow my listening room.
If you work really hard you might resolve the problem that matters most to you right now. You can nudge your system synergy in this direction or that. Treat your room. Toe in your speakers. Upgrade a component. Every change you make introduces a new problem. Every problem solved is replaced by a new one. You re-evaluate and your priorities shift.
This pursuit should be fun. Your system is alive, always changing and responsive to your modifications. In a sense, you are also participating in the reproduction of the original performance, the final part of the chain of authorship over the created work.
There is only one problem that you can solve, one problem you must continually be mindful of. The 84th problem. The one that makes all the other ones worse. The 84th problem, the one that is caused by you and can only be solved by you, that is your personal responsibility, is that a part of you wants not to have any problems.
Work, and it is continual ongoing never-ending work, on yourself. Question your motivations. The greatest tweaks happen not in the listening room, but inside the head and in the heart. Maintain your listening apparatus and your point of view and keep your interventions in your sound reproduction system joyous and playful.
It is good to be serious about sound, too but if that part of you takes over and this pastime becomes obsessive, take a vacation from the sound for awhile to recalibrate your listening system and before you know it you’ll return to music instead of just sound. The 84th problem is the only one you need to solve, over and over again.