It matters. While I recognize that the recording process is not perfect and that unwanted sonic artifacts can easily enter the chain, the recording knowledge and the equipment we have are the best that sceince and engineering have to offer at this time. Every recording effort has its problems and limitations. The effort of capturing a performance onto a medium we can reproduce at home comes with the hi-fi objective of extracting the best possible REPLICA of that performance. A recording is a REPLICA. A REPLICA is never the REAL thing. But a good REPLICA comes close. At home, our playback system recovers the information on that REPLICA with the best possible playback equipment we can afford. Having neutral, transparent and accurate playback system makes it possible for us to hear what was recorded in such a REPLICA. It is the objective of a Hi-Fi home playback system to reveal a RECORDING by reproducing it without any coloration. It is NOT the objective of hi-fi playback to render a LIVE performance at home. Though an excellent recording played on an excellent, neutral, transparent and accurate player, amplifer and speakers in a reasonably treated room can APPROACH or sound like a live performance. But such a perception becomes a subjective function of the listener's remembrance of how live music sounds. So why should an accurate speaker matters? OR for that matter an accurate, neutral and transparent player, an amp and the room? Because an audiophile wants to hear the recording. Not the speakers. Not the player, not the amp. And certainly not the room.