Great post, small world. I was reading your words on air, airiness, little air, artificial airiness, and I was linking them to some great sessions and talks I had with two friends about twenty years ago, when I owned the more airy speaker ever existed, the Ensemble Reference with the matching and mandatory Landmark stands. One of these friends later got the speakers from me and I know he re-sold them to some one in the neighborhood - the speakers should not be far from me now. These speakers tell you -stop, please look how airy the sound is! And now I found you own them looking in your profile.
There is however one aspect that I would like to remember - the Ensemble Reference always sounded much better with CD than vinyl. The great victim of our comparisons was the Misa Criolla sang by Jose Carreras - we listened to it tens of times. Great days. BTW, at that time we also found that only a Forsell Air bearing CD player and DAC could supply all the air they needed - I am not joking!
I also listen to classical orchestral music almost exclusively in CD format - my strong preference for vinyl shows mainly in jazz and a little rock or opera.