Ditto here. Even with a new Pioneer Elite SC-77, which others also claim is "harsh" until it "burns in".
This kinds of stuff is exactly why I cringe at anyone claiming that I am some kind of audiophile. That word comes with WAAY too much cork-sniffing associations these days. What the heck does "harsh" mean, anyway? Esthers of leather and tobacco?
Everytime I read the word "harsh," I think of fingernails on a chalkboard.