I am specifically talking about the attribute reviewers refer to as "revealing". In every review I have read this is treated as a positive no matter what it is referring to. I disagree. If we are listening to a very high quality speaker that is capable of resolving differences in source components that other speakers cannot, it would seem that this is a very good thing. On the other hand, if two amplifiers sound wonderful driving these speakers and one changes its sound with every change of speaker wire and power cord while the other sounds the same no matter what we do to it, why would we conclude that the "revealing" amplifier is superior? Maybe the other one has a better designed power supply and output section that is more tolerant of load changes and power input. Similarly if we have two preamps or CD players that have equally impressive sound and one sounds different with every change of feet, or object you put on top of it and the other does not, does this make the former the superior piece because it is more "revealing". I think not. The better design should be more resistant to vibration and not have every component in it acting as a microphone. Perhaps this is valued because many reviewers and audiophiles are inveterate tweakers and components that don't respond to these ministrations are simply no fun. I would rather listen to music than fuss about with my system. I think that components should be judged on the basis of how they sound and their ability to resolve the details in the music, not on whether or not they respond to the popular tweaks of the day.