My daughter says her mini stereo sounds better than mine! Maybe she's a tough case.
Actually, I was thinking what if hi-end gears (especially, budget oriented ones) incorporated some kind of equalization. You know, the ones you can choose different settings like "rock", "concert hall", "live house", etc.?
Now, the hi-enders gonna really kick my butt!
We feel your pain! As for EQ on high-end gear, why not? Let me know when the Gaincard has a "rave club" setting. Now we're talking about generational convergence!