In my experience you are correct, but there are also speakers that have good balanced response and are revealing not because they emphasize certain frequencies, but because the have very low distortion and good off axis response. This has been my experience with the Arx 5. I have not heard the new version nor the Emotivas. I would suggest reading the reviews carefully, as they are very thorough and have lots of detail, including the specific recordings being auditioned. These guys really know what they are doing and have lots of experience with reviews like this.