If that criticism seems somewhat equivocal it also reflects the difficulty of pinning this speaker down. Its tactile mid-band and lucid overall musical coherence mean that chasing the tendency by changing the partnering amp or source tends to draw attention to the differences between the matching equipment rather than the constants imposed by the speaker. As a failing, it’s also neither intrusive nor even particularly apparent (save with reference to those much more expensive alternatives) and most owners will remain blissfully unconcerned, instead spending their time on what the Grand Veena’s do best – allowing you to really connect with the music. Reference 3A’s Grand Veena will be many things to many people. It is an impressive evolution (and validation) of the company’s conceptual approach, a genuine flagship. It is also an impressively neutral, tractable and versatile performer that promises to deliver its full potential in a wide variety of systems and settings. But perhaps most impressive of all is its engaging musical enthusiasm, the effortless way it seems to pull you into music as different as Bela Fleck and Bela Bartok, Franz Schubert and Franz Ferdinand. There are two threads of authenticity running through the Grand Veena: its feel for the music and its realization of the hi-fi promise. It delivers the first by delivering on the second. You want music at home – real music? You need look no further than Reference 3A’s Grand Veena. No floorstander that I’ve heard near the price is anywhere near as much fun.