To my wife's chagrin, I'm something of a speaker hoarder. I love the sound of different speakers and have a hard time letting go of a speaker that has some "magic" to it's tone that enthralls me. But speakers sound different, and a beguiling character can come in different ways. So, I tend to accumulate speakers (and then I have to shed some at some point).
Which is what I've been doing recently: Cycling through my speakers in my 2 channel system. My usual speakers are Thiel 2.7 floor standing speakers. Big sound, huge soundstage, dense imaging, beautiful tone. I substituted my smaller Waveform Mach MC monitors (egg-shaped) and thoroughly enjoyed their amazingly bang-on neutral presentation and incredible disheartening/imaging act. They do all this while maintaining a believable warm tone that makes things like voices and acoustic guitars and sax sound natural. But...not much bass. After a couple weeks, throw in my very old Thiel 02 monitors, circa '81. The cheapest boxes Thiel ever produced, and not even time and phase coherent. Yet these speakers have among the most magical tone I've ever enjoyed. The sense of "metal being metal, wood being wood" and the specific material of an instrument that seems to vibrate the air in between the speakers is really something, and even somewhat outdoes the newer, bigger Thiels. Later I move in the MBL 121 omni monitors. Again, a head-spinning change. Crazy 3 dimensionality and the most finely distinct tonal colors of all. So much fun!
But, after a while, go back to the big Thiel 2.7s and I get that "wow" all over again, that effortless scale of sound and density!
One may think: pick the monitor you like best and add a subwoofer!
But that doesn't quite do it for me, because even with a sub the character of the monitor will be what it is, and there will remain aspects of the other speakers I like as well.
So, I just have fun having these alternatives around to keep things fresh. (Until I end up with one more than my wife will tolerate...then it's time to sell