If the music matters, then hearing all of it as best as it can be reproduced should matter just as much.
One shouldn't have to sacrifice one for the other.
It's like the chicken and the egg.
Unless you go to concerts, you can't have one without the other.
We NEED the gear and we need it to perform to the specs it was designed to perform at.
We should look for ways that reduce the sonic dams so that more of the music can be enjoyed downstream.
One way is to use upgraded aftermarket products.
Like better NOS tubes, capacitors, resistors volume controls, fuses, wall plugs, power cords conditioners,interconnects, speaker wire, room tuning, dedicated support racks.
I've found that Furutech have exceeded my expectations when I have used their products, and yes the top of the line RCA are expensive, but take a look at them.
Miles ahead of some of the flimsy weak RCA that they've replaced.
When I see that the outrageously expensive cables from Crystal cable use Furutechs on their top level power, speaker and IC,it must mean something.
They could make their own.
No one needs anything upscale to just sit back and enjoy the music.
It's like everything in this life, we have a choice to choose what best suits us.
We should be thankful for that.