Let's have a bit of reality and basic physics here.
Yes, the heavier a tone arm/tracking force is, like on lesser quality TTs, as in older consoles etc, the need for AS becomes almost moot.
The reason is, the stylus is forced, centered into the groove almost by brute force ....so to speak.
So, it follows that the lighter the tracking force, the more AS is required.... more or less
Yeah, I know that there are some variables involved but, those are the basics.
Anyway, I agree that any final AS setting should be done by ear, while listening to a variety of LPs.... and using the balance control to isolate channels,