Am in the hunt for some new speakers before year-end. Talked to my dealer about it (a very nice guy who's so booked up I can't get an appt for several weeks.... high-end audio knows no covid recession, I guess). He strongly suggested I go with neutral speakers, such as ATC or Linn. His reasoning was that most of the speakers on the market simply present different 'voices', which are artifacts of distortion or resonances (either intended or not), and the best speakers are simply those that greatly minimize or eliminate those. So basically, take your 'pleasing house sound' and forget about it, mate. Sure, I see the logic... there's already so many sound-characteristic variables upstream that juggling yet another set with the speakers is just chaos. BUT, what if there's some speaker out there, 'romantic' or no, a bit inaccurate or no, that you hear and simply fall in love with? Do ya still kick it to the curb? And is 'neutral' just code for 'unforgiving' and maybe not all that musical? What say ye... how should one think about this? And to confirm, are ATCs and Linns really so neutral that most everything else is 'voiced' or colored by comparison? (he carries 'voiced' speakers too, btw... can't fight what some customers want) ps – He does care about speaker positioning and set-up a great deal, and I'd assume amp-matching as well. Which fits the philosophy... what's the good of having a neutral speaker if your room or amp makes it not neutral at all? .