Hi Gilmore Girl,
I think I understand what you mean.
Once, I compared my Trinovid non-HD with an Opticron Natura BGA, both in 8x42.
I always had the perception of the Opticron being a little bit sharper and like you say, the Leica somewhat ‘smoother’, and that thereby it had a better resolution..
But when looking at a black electricity cable in front of the sky, the Leica showed more detail of the moss etc. hanging on it. I could really see that difference when holding them steady
I thought it was remarkable because I didn’t expected that:).