It must have been a bit maddening as early researchers into the structure of the physical world kept finding smaller and smaller building blocks: molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, neutrons, and smaller.
Every time they uncovered what they suspected must be the essential particle upon which everything else is built, they peeled back yet another layer to discover even smaller particles, like the “God particle” from the 1993 book The God Particle by Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman.
Our noble quest in high-end audio to peel back the obfuscating layers of sonic hash in order to hear deeper into the music has similar colorings.
The more we clear away the more we can hear what stands between us and the music.
The excitement of discovering that which lies buried is infectious.
What a great journey!