To respond to the OP, I think the pursuit of HQ (perfect is debatable) sound is a valid one.
Being a musician myself, I can tell you that a lot of work goes into playing an instrument well, much less recording a song, much less producing a record.
The higher quality the replication of the final product thanks to this process, the more the listener is going to get out of all that hard work. To me, an appropriate analogy would be comparing a front row ticket to your favorite group's show, where you can see and hear the emotion of the artists versus being at the back of the auditorium sitting behind an ex-middle linebacker where seeing and hearing are mediocre at best. Which of those will be a more affective experience? If you whole-heartedly would prefer the first, then you too will appreciate listening to higher quality recordings with more capable components in your audio chain.