It’s my money, it’s my music, it’s my aesthetics, it’s my eyes, it’s my ears.
It is all what I like not what anyone else likes. In the end it is all subjective and how my ears hear it. No one is wrong. After all it is subjective. .
I have owned high end solid-state and tube equipment. To my ears solid -state has always sounded too sterile. I have always enjoyed color, and warmth which my ears enjoy.
Maybe I lean more as a result of growing up in the 50’s when it was mostly tubes. That really doesn’t matter because my ears love it. By the way I forgot to mention the mastering engineers who make decisions to polish the song to be the “gem” as they perceive it and they thought it was meant to be from the artist. Seems there are many subjectives in the chain from recording to the ears finally. Who is to say how it was meant to be heard. Only 100% accuracy would be “Live performance” and how many times has that been different depending on the performance that evening.
I like tubes and how my ears love them. I have been in love with them ever since I can remember. The best tube equipment I have owned has been made in U.S.A. Seems no matter where one changes mastering engineers, artists, amps, dacs, speakers, iems, headphones, wires, tube rolling, etc. In the end my experience teaches me it is all different flavors. I like vanilla more than chocolate. Once again “subjectivity”. We’re all right.
Hopefully each of our experiences will encourage other listeners to try different equipment based on our experiences. Its my ears and I’ll do what I want. " Happy Listening"