It seems to come down to expectations. Some like to record music with their own ideas and passions of their dream sound even if the recordings do not amount to much or what pros or a musical intellegensia may like. What constitutes better between you and the listener as opposed to musicians is also diffrerent. The alt and trad scene from a couple decades back is a fine example of that.
I prefer little recording devices and eq's other then wall mounts. Maybe some integration here and there.
I have used the free Audacity player at least for multitracking.