My first true high end speakers were Linaeum Model 10 bought when I wasn't even looking for speakers. They just happened to be the demo speakers when I went to hear something else at Corner Audio in Portland. The sound was so natural and involving, with so much emotion and with the most incredible 3D holographic imaging that it was my wife who asked if we could buy them. Of course I said yes!
It was obvious from the beginning these speakers were very prominent and warm in the mid-bass. But everything else was so wonderful we were very happy with them for many years.
Until Stewart at Weekend Environments let me listen to a pair of Talon Khorus. It was obvious from the beginning they do not have quite the same magic as the Model 10, or holographic imaging, but they do a lot of other things very well and without so much mid-bass emphasis. Its now well over 15 years and so many system improvements yet they still shine and please me no end.
Neither one of these was auditioned at home prior to buying. Both of them sounded when I brought them home just as I expected they would based on what I had heard in the demo.
But then I am a skilled and experienced listener. It took a lot of work getting there, and it wasn't at all easy, but I got to where I had a pretty good idea what I'm hearing and why. Maybe that's the problem?