As some of you know I am writing a novel. It's a thriller with a message. I am not sure what that genre of book is, or if it even has a genre. None the less, I am now at the point of hiring an editor for the book. I have taken it as far as I can on my own.
And it occurs to me this process is very reminiscent of high end audio tweaks. Why? Because taking something that's good and making it better is what an editor does and what we try and do in high-end audio.
When I read, say, chapter one of the book it's engaging. Those friends who have read it agree. But the editor has taken chapter one and completely flipped it around. Reworked perhaps half the words and now it's better. A lot better. And when I read the original I cannot imagine how I liked it so much, now having read the revised version.
High end audio is much the same. Today I listen to something like our DAC and am happy. Tomorrow I update the firmware and it sounds ever so much more musical.
Degrees of improvement are like stepping stones along a path. With each step we get closer to better. It's fun. It's rewarding.