Could anyone suggest some small-to-medium size standmount speakers that would be suitable for someone who can't stand any kind of brightness or harshness? I'm looking for a few ideas so I can shortlist them and then go and have a listen. Whenever I read reviews of any speakers, there's nearly always a reference to a touch of brightness at some frequency or another and that immediately rings alarm bells for me. Maybe it's just the currently favoured method of presentation and there's no market for a downward-sloping frequency response, even though tests have shown that most people prefer it. At present I'm using four ATC SCM11 speakers in a multichannel configuration with a subwoofer (4.1, with a phantom centre). They are very fine speakers indeed and I admire them enormously but they are no good for my ears - they are mercilessly accurate and if there is any touch of brightness or harshness in the original recording, it's like having knitting needles poked in your ears. As far as I can make out, the frequency response is stone cold flat and while that may be perfect for the recording studio, I don't think it's well suited to a domestic listening environment, or at least not for people who want a more forgiving response. Any suggestions? New, not second-hand. One size up from the smallest bookshelf speakers - not great big things because I have a subwoofer for the bass.