The interesting thing for me to think about regarding such topics (and this has nothing to do with digital in particular) is always, if our assumptions to form a goal are the right ones.
I think they are. Because it makes sense to stay accurate at least until deciding to add or filter something (either by “voicing” or other measures)
But anyway it often seems crazy what effort we put in playing back a signal, which seems much more compromised in the process prior to having a ready produced media in our hands, than in top high end playback chains thereafter. And how we try to replicate the incoming signal (which is so compromised by restrictions of mic’s etc. etc.) as exactly as possible.
Imagine if someone had tried to build the best amp ever to amplify a grammophone and the best speaker to play the music. Would the one, most accurate to the input signal, have provided the best sound? Rather no.
I somehow think we’re still in a similar position, but on the other hand we’re probably far enough to take this input signal as a good enough reference. But for many, I’m sure e.g. tubes are used to compensate and add what they still miss from this accuracy.