This reminds me of when I bought the award winning Denon avc-3020.
I was pretty new to the hobby so there was no need to demo such an acclaimed product was there !?! Yes it did cost what for me was a small fortune at the time, but I’d read that it pairs especially well with the missions I was running . What could go wrong?!
Well for one thing, it was dull as dishwater, muddy and all round just plain...ugh!
I honestly preferred the budget Sony I was running before hand but I’d already sold it so I was stuck with the Denon.