I have a feeling that the unforgotten audio component: The Room! Has a lot to do with it.
My Room Absolutely STINKS!!
I have tried and tried to conform by setting everything to "small" and crossing at 80hz, but I keep going back to "large" and crossing my M50s and M3s at 60hz cuz in this sucky room it just SOUNDS BETTER!!
.....I did have some pretty major EQ settings dialed in, but over time I've pretty much gotten the sound back to where the speakers sound like the speakers, and that IS an improvement!!