I am surprised no-one has talked about this...but audio writers (and JV in particular), sometimes describe loudspeakers as having "tone colors" and an "airy treble", etc. But the problem is that a loudspeaker *cannot have these things*. They can only reveal what's on the recording, along with adding distortions and colorations that were not in the original music. In other words, if a loudspeaker has an "airy" treble, it's because it was in the music being auditioned. Not all recordings capture the spatial effects of say, a concert hall...because many recordings were *not* made in a concert hall !!
What writers *should* say is that the speaker "revealed the highs better than any transducer I've heard to date". etc. I'm sure JV (and co.) don't want - or think they need - a lecture. This is only a loose recommendation.
Finally, I've noticed that JV has described certain types of music as being "rich in tone color". I am not aware of any kind of music that has this sound. It might even come as a surprise to the musicians -themselves- that they're creating this "blend" of sound !!
I hope JV (and other audio writers) don't take this as an attack - they're just observations of how we go about doing things........