You don't need to pick 'n choose. Enjoy 'm both. Just be a bit more tolerant of the fact that hi-fi quality and musical quality don't coincide quite as often as you might like.
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I fell into audio obsession by accident.
I think I understand your point. I think many of us loved music when young and were drawn to hear it better, This would kick in our analytical skills and we would start listening to the system instead of the music.
But really enjoying an audio system is about listening to music. I turned from technically detailed systems with great slam fifteen or twenty years ago and worked towards the musical system I own today that simply draws me into the music… every day for hours. I don’t think or care about slam, or micro details… but am emotionally drawn into the beauty of the music. Audio-nirvana.