The very idea, that somehow two channel stereo, is ever going to give you absolute sound, as defined by publication TAS, the sound of an unamplified acoustic instrument is rubbish.
It is impossible for plain old stereo to do it.
Yet, for decades, TAS has been spewing rubbish about how thousands of components and hundreds of combinations give you everything but just say one little itty bit of the absolute sound.
People who believe in the goal of absolute sound as defined by TAS are in fairy land.
Look at it this way, almost everyone watches movies or tv or flatscreens , ie video. Even with 3D tricks, no one expects the absolute view from such technology....yet TAS expects the absolute sound from a couple of speakers.....and have said thousands of times that some system is a referecne system and thus projects absolute sound.
Originally, JG Holt AFAIK was interested in stereo accurately replicating the recording, and since he was an engineer he seems to have known there was no absolute sound coming from plain old stereo. Yet, somehow this whole absolute sound thing came out, and equipment that had the same specs or even better than the very nearly identical progear, somehow became inferior to replicating the recording, and a whole weird world of high end came about, each one claiming to present its part of the absolute sound, and audiophiles also jumping on board on how realistic their systems sounded or some component sounded and then even they were under the crazy idea of absolute sound.
There is no absolute sound in the very same way there is no absolute video.
If you were not told that there was something wrong with the sound of your system every month, decade after decade, you might still have some of the fine gear you originally purchased, and spent more money on finding transducers and working with rooms to get a sound that you absolutely loved, at least at that moment in time, as even our idea of what we absolutely like changes.
It is just ludicrous, and I have not bought into it for a long time, but early on, I did. However, its a futile goal with two channel stereo, absolutely futile.