What exactly are we inferring when we describe sound signature as "neutral"? I think of headphones/speakers with a strong bass or "V-shaped sound" to be incompatible with "reference". They supposedly exaggerate parts of the frequency band. I also associate "neutral sound" with "representational faithfulness". But is this really the case? Bass, by its nature, is very powerful. At orchestra concerts, when they hit the bass drum, the entire hall reverberates and the bass section often stands out over the other instruments. High frequencies also stand out naturally. I actually think that my Ultrasone Pro 900, commonly described as having a "V-shaped sound", sounds extremely realistic, especially with piano and orchestral music. If a V-shaped sound actually provides the faithful reproduction (in my opinion, of course), then does so-called "neutral" equipment actually subdue the bass/treble frequencies? Or is a V-sound actually part of the definition of neutrality?