The laws of physics make them a component in an audio system. If you want to degrade the performance of a great audio component, put it on a bad surface.
What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side?
The music side, for sure. I played jazz, classical, and rock guitar, and piano. I took lessons twice a week and tried to practice about six hours a day. Classical guitar was the best because the instrument is so textural and responsive to touch. For some reason, I clearly remember the sound and feel of the interplay between musicians. There was a purity of tone and timing that to this day I try to help bring out in reproduced music. I’m not alone in this; I think every dedicated manufacturer tries to recreate “reality” in the reproduction process. Maybe we are all frustrated musicians.