it’s a fair point, but I know it when I hear it.
I can’t explain that very well though tbf.
Clarity, focus, control, separation, expression, intent even.
I doubt I’m alone in sometimes making a change or tweak and listening intently, (sometimes with a second pair of ears belonging to the owner of the sme V) and asking myself "is that better ? maybe it’s worse, the same, I’m really not sure … and then a real improvement comes along and I know within 2 seconds of the needle hitting the groove. Even before I’ve returned to the listening position; standing off to the side of the speakers.
PEEK cones, delrin parts, pure copper spades, er nil points but lots of listening to accept that.
Star earthing, single socket and a garden earth spike - better. No ifs no buts. Everything better. (and under 30 quid the lot!)
NVA’s balanced mains units. YES better.
GIK room treatments - everything better.
and , distressingly , the sme V.
I thought, within the opening notes :
“Oh hell. That’s going to cost me”