Responses from onhwy61

Good old days
As an experiment convert your system to a mono setup.  See if you like it any better.  
Good old days
Use some of the discipline you mustered when getting your Masters and PhD and train your mind to enjoy the music and the sound.  Music can sound truly beautiful and it can also just be beautiful, but you already know that. Good luck.  
Speakers and amplifiers show audiophiles are confused.
The OP is confused.  He doesn’t understand how to pair components.  
un-becoming an audiophile
Why so serious?  Everything in moderation.  
Jim Gordon has Passed On...
Whether the "Layla" story is true, I don't know, but it's been repeated many, many times.  The Delta Lady gives a detailed account in her autobiography.  Personally, I believe her.  A related story is that she broke off her relationship with Gordo... 
Jim Gordon has Passed On...
Jim Gordon had schizophrenia.  He was misdiagnosed, left untreated and suffered repeated psychotic episodes.  The killing of his mother was during one of these episodes.  It's a tragic story of a supremely talented musician.  
Ray Charles - "Rap is not music"
Rap music crossed over to white audiences in the mid to late 80s.  I'm thinking about the Beastie Boys, Aerosmith/Run DMC and Yo! MTV Raps.  At that point young white males were the biggest consumers of rap.  In many ways rap music has morphed and... 
Is a FLAT response the IDEAL?
Listener position frequency response should be smooth with most people preferring rolled off upper frequencies.  The amount of roll off and at what frequency point varies by individual.  At the same time you cannot ignore time domain issues.  
Ray Charles - "Rap is not music"
As envisioned by its founder, Berry Gordy, the whole point of the Motown Sound was to have black artist crossover to white record buying consumers.  He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.  
Were you an audiophile in the 1980s and 1990s?
Unless you were physically at the mastering session you cannot know what the recording is supposed to sound like.  If this is true, then HP's absolute sound is effectively meaningless for most listeners.  Still HP's impact on home audio reproducti... 
Some famous reviewers have atrocious listening rooms!
You cannot hear how a room sounds by looking at pictures of the room.  
Better story teller than Edmund Fitzgerald?
"Frankie And Johnny" traditional "Stagger Lee" traditional "King Of California" Dave Alvin "Tangled Up In Blue" Bob Dylan "Powderfinger" Neil Young    
Ray Charles - "Rap is not music"
The Clash were one of the first rock groups to crossover into rap for they predate Blondie by 6 months.  "The Magnificent Seven" was a hit on Black radio in NYC, particularly the "Dirty Harry" remix.  That was back in the day when you artists didn... 
Better story teller than Edmund Fitzgerald?
Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman".  The song inspired the movie "The Indian Runner" which had music by Jack Nittzche and David Lindley. Shangra-las "Leader Of the Pack" Just my opinion, but "Acadian Driftwood" betters "The Night They Drove... 
Beatles vs. Stones
@tylermunns thanks for mentioning Rod Temperton.