I think this is true for all of us really. The real issue is defining what constitutes neutral SQ and what amp topologies bring us the closest to natural live sound, which almost certainly varies between different listeners who have different sensitivities to different types of distortion components. The unfortunate part of the o2 revolution on head-fi is that somewhere in the process (probably starting with nwavguy's site), the significance of basic audio spectrum measurements got overstated and vastly oversimplified. While a lot of aspects of sound were thoughtfully explained on his blog, the use of negative feedback to hit target specs, and the pros and cons of that approach, were not fully disclosed. I only stumbled on this article from Nelson Pass recently, but I think it is must read material for anyone trying to sort through all this information. In essence, along with supporting measurements, Pass explains how negative feedback in amplifiers like the o2 - decrease total THD, reduce output impedance, and improves other standard audio measurements, but at the cost of adding new complex distortion components/nonlinear distortions, particularly of high order, to the signal that a significant percentage of people find to be more unpleasant and unnatural than certain other types of distortion (e.g. the low order distortions more prevalent in nonfeedback amps). Pass designs amps that use feedback and amps that do not, so I see this as a purely informative rather than biased account of these design choices. https://passlabs.com/articles/audio-distortion-and-feedback Further, as I understand this, it offers a pretty clean and simple explanation for the general bias against opamp based amplifiers. Opamps can only operate in a linear mode (i.e. in audio amplifiers) when they are fed negative feedback. So these distortion characteristics are likely to be present in all chip amps. For some listeners, I suspect these amps do in fact sound better than higher THD discrete or tube designs. For others, the nonlinear distortions and disproportionate high order distortions will make them sound worse.