When a piece of audio gear sonically singles itself out in a system it is typically not a good thing. What we hope for is a synergistic pairing of components that benefit the whole.
Sure, it’s not only alright but actually welcomed when we can add a product that elevates the whole. But then elevating the whole is the point, right?
I remember years ago when I experimented with a Teac Dolby noise reduction system designed to “eliminate hiss, pops, and unwanted artifacts of sound.”
Unfortunately, it was a stand out product that eliminated more than simply unwanted noise.
I love visually attractive stand out products.
I am not so sure about those that sonically stand out from the rest of the system.
For me, the beauty of music is found in the perfection of the whole.