What I actually meant by original recording, was the audio that is on a disc or file or stream.
It would be literally be impossible to reproduce the exact master tapes that aren't even there, lol.
The warm feeling that some people describe, is what I feel does sound natural and neutral.
To me they are the same thing, so I guess I am not understanding what you perceive to be different between them.
Yes audiophiles prefer that sound, because that is how the media sounds.
To alter the sound for a preferred "sound signature" is altering how the recording artists intended for it to sound,
and if any given listener wants that, it can easily be accomplished with an EQ.
(Now, I know that whole how the recording artists intended comment is a big can of worms,
since we have to deal with sub par mastering of media and just can't always get the quality we want out of the media that is available,
but for arguments sake, we can use the example of an optical disc, and then say that whatever is on the disc should be reproduced without alteration.)
I wasn't referring to the tapes... I was referring to the mastering that was done on the final recording that is released...