its been my experience that speakers that 'enhance the frequencies in the middle, are the ones that impress in auditions when it comes to vocals(especially female). that said, its usually the more balanced design that stays in the line-up. these pages are filled with models that can knock-your-socks-off upon first listening...they also wind up for sale again too. as far as 'tonality', tannoy's reputation in studios and post-houses speaks for itself. 'tone' is not a weakness with tannoy.