One thing I realized long ago is that there’s always someone who can do something I can do better than I can do it. So not everyone needs to be an engineer, and although I still feel like I CAN design circuits, the ones I want to design will simply be to perform a function for me or my immediate family. I’m no longer in the trade.
Yes, most of the MCH gear available is built for the theater crowd. I honestly can’t hear the deficiencies that might result from any decisions the manufacturers may have made in that regard. One thing I seem to do is see how I can use every feature of my pre-pro, which is why I have outdoor AM and FM antennas and analog connections for a laserdisc and a Motorola Teleplayer, to mention a few.
As I’ve noted, my goal in my room is “pretty good.” That will make it better than my ears, alas. The room is primarily for my enjoyment, although I have seating for four, and most of my listening and viewing is done solo.
I can’t say for certain that I would ask for your expertise in metallurgy or battery chemistry in this forum, but maybe I’ll come up with a project that needs your help.