Haha exactly what we have been looking for. My wife hates bright sounding speakers and in fact, women have a lower tolerance to louder and higher pitched sound (not quite your wife's problem). We have settled on Harbeth speakers and one of Earle Weston's tube creations (well 3 actually. One pre and two mono's). Maybe something like the Harbeth compact 7ES-3? Earle has a 6-8 month wait time so maybe something else tube flavoured or a nice warm solid state? Exposure comes to mind, maybe the new Exposure 2510 Integrated.