Best performance for style of music.
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For me it needs to be #1 and #2.
If the recording is over-processed (much of the pop music) it sounds compressed and has a lack of air. This is unacceptable with my system, it will drive the listener crazy. The performance must also be convincing and emotional. If it is just songs, despite how well recorded it does not get much play. If the songs have emotion and meaning, and the recording quality is good, I tend to play them quite often.