I’m probably going to regret posting this but. I think there is a generational gap between the measurement purists and what sounds good it good crowd. I got into Stereo in the mid 80’s. The only way to decide what you liked was to go and listen at your local specialist HiFi store. If you were moderately pleasant you got to spend hours listening to gear you wouldn’t be able to afford for 20 years, and walk out with something that was a cheap alternative. I still remember the equipment I wanted when I bought my first decent turntable a rega planar 3. I spent hours a week at the Sound Organisation in York listening to gear and talking to the staff. I’m not sure that exists anymore. With the internet, and online sales, there is a tendency to try and reduce everything to something quantifiable, that’s where measurements and sites like ASR that promote them as the “truth” get disproportionately valued. People have to start somewhere.