I didn’t read all the posts… but as the OP asked for opinions here’s mine. I don’t think dedicated listening is an art. It’s a preference. Like reading a book… in public vs in private. To use one example. I do sit down and listen on my own sometimes but my goal for a very long time was a high level sound system (by my standards) that could integrate into a normal living situation and also please other people regardless of music genre or volume. Having an integrated now rather than big separates means I don’t have to have hifi gear conversations with people I don’t don’t want to have, most of the time. I do find though that many people who visit us comment on the music, the tunes, the band etc. Which is great. I used to do more listening in private in my own but as I got older I wanted to share the music / songs more than I wanted to listen solo.