What is also interesting is that our own taste developes over time.
After many years with vanilla ice cream, the taste of chocolate will be a tone explosion, not to mention a mix of the two.
A good example is a single coil strat or tele played with the bridge pickup through a cranked blackface Bassman (AB165).
In bigger, multiple speaker amps we often like speakers with lower power handling and less efficiency because the amps are more than loud enough and we want some tone out of them by turning the volume up (it’s all about playing in the sweet spot).
In this case we prefer darker sounding speakers than the typical American Jensen C12n-style.
We want more bass and mids to smooth out the treble and high harmonic frequencies coming from the amp.
They sound great when they are fed high power, but very few of these speakers sound good with low wattage amps.
The enormous 200w EVM12L is a peculiar exception to that rule, and its clean sound is great even at low volumes.