This needs to be cleared up. There's a difference between what musicians do (i.e sound production) and what a HiFi system is supposed to do (i.e. sound RE-production. In the former case, I don't care if you glue Canadian pennies *1974 preferred* to your guitar strings - if you like the sound - you've succeeded. In the latter case, If you want what to maintain what the artist was trying to achieve you need the most linear system you can find AND not overdrive it or you'll just be distorting the distortion that they were after.