The end goal for both audiophiles and recording engineers is the same. A perfect capture of a musical event.
How each arrives at their goal is very different.
As audiophiles, we struggle to wring every last nuance out of the music.
Recording engineers are less concerned with nuance, focusing instead on broad strokes: which microphone to use, how far/close to the instrument, mono or stereo capture, avoid acoustic bleed from the other instruments.
These fundamental differences of approach lead both to the same place but through radically different means.
Like a sculptor's use of hammers and chisels or a painter's broad brush strokes, recording engineers carve out their masterpieces so we audiophiles can revel in the subtle nuance of the recording.