For Stéphane Even, the only thing that really matters is the realism of the music, and the emotions that it generates. The search for technical perfection only interests him if it contributes to expressing the music’s complexity and its nuances. It is essential to differentiate the aspects of technical performance that genuinely add to the listening experience in human terms, from figures that are highlighted in marketing material. For example, what is the point in reducing an amplifier’s distortion to virtually zero, if the speakers then generate 100 times more? Why abandon PCM for DSD when we do not know how to fully exploit the CD format?