That was some good stuff you were smoking!
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The closest I have gotten to something that is a all arounder is Altec A-7 500's (16ohm), hooked to a Decware SE34I.5, with play back coming from a Meridian 506 20 bit cd player. That said, it is about matching the trinity of these, that makes the sound. I have listened to these speakers on ultra linear amp and class ab, these didn't "wake" everything up per say. I also have the 506 24 bit and like the 20 bit slightly better. This is my ears though and unfortunately we are all different. You're right, I have heard incredible voice from Linn Kan's, some unbelievable guitar from Maggie 3.5R's. Incredible dynamic openness from Meridian DSP5000's. Incredible and almost there is the JBL L-150a's played with a AR amp. The first speaker that I heard over 40 years ago that got me was an ohm walsh. We are all on the quest of "the one". I hate to say "the one", varies with the individual. I would guess that your hearing is not gone, it has just gotten lots pickier about what curls your toes.
It's pretty common. Years ago helping a friend learn audio we went to several stores listening to lots of different speakers. I made a point of playing the same few tracks to help him learn listening skills. Like I said years ago yet I still remember pointing out to him notice how good trombone sounds on this one system? But not piano, which sounded better on this other one? And cymbals, this one does cymbals really well. Etc. Etc.
It is like this with everything. Not just speakers. Not just vintage. Wires. Amps. Cones. Shelves. Rooms. Recordings. Everything.
Old B&W 702s I had. On certain female vocals the sound stage at the time was crazy deep and the vocals had magic 99.9% of the time the speaker was rubbish. Never found another speaker with the magic coloration again. Very grating speaker that really wore me out.
Again with a pair of focal 1037be. Seemed to have magic once in awhile on certain highs and mids but lost the magic most of the time....
now my system does not dazzle anywhere but is always good.