Are my ears just fooling me?

I have been in this hoppy for a couple of years. I have been through alot of equipment, trying to find the sound for me (dont we all!) I have really enjoyed it but something is starting to bother me. I for some reason feel that every system I have ever heard cannot reproduce a saxophone with the body and emotion like when I hear it live. I am young but I have listened to and owned equipment all over the board. Most hifi gear I find is just really thin sounding to my ears, even with owning many tube amps. Is this normal? Does my ear just want to hear distortion with playback that really isnt there on the recording? I have never heard SET amps before and think they maybe down my alley...but is it just some more "ear candy"??
sorry my youtube link did not work....type in open baffle speaker in youtube and have a listen..
I am a pro sax player. Buy some Legacy Audio Fcus 20/20's! Put in some Richard Elliot, Warren Hill, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Boney James, or any oters and just marvel at what you here. Same with trumpets.....Rick Braun sounds fantastic through the Focus 20/20's. In fact, no other speaker I've ever heard makes instruments sound moe real then the Focus 20/20's do.
the best sax I had was with Altec model 19's driven with the McIntosh MC240....never after that....