I've reached that turning point with my main system. It's just telling me the truth, totally. Near perfect resolution. And I can't stand it any more. Most of the music I play sounds either lackluster, boring or just plain terrible on it. The good sounding stuff sounds good and the great sounding stuff sounds really great, yes, but most of the stuff I like sounds not-great. Flaws really stand out, painfully. I can actually hear (for example on my "transitional" Frankie and Nat Capitol Melrose 1953 recordings) which instruments used what microphones. Fascinating but also, when it goes wrong, deadly to my earballs. The price I am paying for having a killer system. I don't own it, it's all long-term loan. In the old days when I had a less than wonderful system, most everything (even the stuff that was recorded badly) at least had SOMETHING, a good midrange, good bass, whatever. Now, my system is so pinpoint accurate that thin stuff sounds really thin, songs recorded with Neumann microphones sound too shrill up top and basically it drives me bonkers. I honestly don't know what to do. I wish I could degrade my system to make the bad stuff sound better, to mask it but I can't, I need the system for my work. I know some audiophiles only play stuff that was recorded well, everything else they have no use for but I love everything, regardless of sound quality. To give that up would be pointless. Not possible after all these years. Any suggestions? I need a world-class system so I can listen to my work and judge if I hit the mark or not, that's VERY important to me. I need a "degrade" switch or something. Never thought I'd be in this position. Makes me want to go and play my vintage system where everything sounds good on it but knowing that it's fooling me drives me bonkers as well. I've been spending time recently really getting my main upstairs system up and running to perfection (because of the noise and chaos of kids downstairs) and when I play something amazing I'm like moved to tears. But to be honest, most things are recorded less than amazingly and sometimes I think that a lot of the amazing stuff is just a happy accident. But, I wish I could have it all in one system. Seems I cannot. Your thoughts? This is depressing me.