Very true. We are always in a state of transition, as we slowly learn what music should/can be. And we overlay that with our preferences, for that moment in time. There are a couple of truisms, that I feel are valid: - Less is more: less components, simpler path from source to music, gets you closer to the music. The experience from home audio, of starting with single driver speakers, and then progressing to multiple driver speakers for a more balanced sound, which led to more and more drivers. If 2 was better than 1, than 3 was even better, and 5, 6, 10., and onwards. Then this evolved to reducing the drivers, and more focus on time and phase alignment. And single point source. And devolved even further to setups using old super efficient apeakers, driven by a single tube amplifier, for some. We are paralleling this with IEMs.where the driver count and cost is seen as an indication of "better". - Trade offs: Everything is a trade off. It comes down to what aspect of the music is important to you, AT THAT MOMENT, which determines which trade offs you prefer. So there is truly no simple answer, as each person is on a complex journey, and nobody knows where the other person has stopped, or paused. And they don't even know if they themselves have reached the end, or are still going along the path to audio perfection. So we choose our imperfections. And depending on where we are, there will always be things that we cannot see, or accept. We are on a neverending journey. And it is likely that we will always be changing. Which is good, I guess. The lesson from the story of Don Quixote is that our delusions make life bearable. And when we lose them, and become sane, we start to die. - We don't know what we know: Looking back, that is definitely true. We always think we know, only to discover that we really did not.