Some of what you say is perfectly reasonable, then you come out with nonsense. I get the impression you like to argue.
One statement- which you have already made sums up your oppinion so leave it at that. (I am paraphrasing)
"Not all Nearfields will provide the full range of frequencies that were mastered in the source material" "Full range home speakers will give full range, but may be at the expense of overexagerated bass".
Originally Posted by gregorio
I agree that it's always better to go by what your ears are telling you when looking for speakers. The danger though, is that because our hearing is more sensitive in the mid frequencies, it's easy to fool yourself into believing that monitors which are highly accurate in these mid freqs sound better.
What? If I listen to something that in my oppinion sounds better I'm fooling myself?? This statement is nonsense. Please clarify what you are on about.
Originally Posted by gregorio
The target speaker is usually dependent on the demographic of the targeted market. Rarely does this mean anything other than an average consumer system. You won't find many, if any, commercial releases aimed at near-field monitors or even at cans for that matter. In the case of film, most films are mastered for use in a full range cinema system. Some films are remastered for distribution on DVD, where consumer bass managed systems are taken into account. However, the majority of DVDs contain the original cinema release soundtrack.
Yea this is a really good idea, I will research every peice of music I own, find out what studio it was mastered in and by who and also what equipment they used. Then I will ensure I have the most similar 'comercial' home system on the market that this producer was aiming at.
So pop should be listened to on an average mono radio with lots of ambient sound - thus hearing what the producer intended.
Rock should be listened to outside on a huge valve amp set up
Electro should be listed to only in a crowded sweaty room with a huge PA mainly hitting 40hz and 120hz played off vinyl only.
R&B should be listened to through 1960s valve amps only and so on.........
ORRRRRR you buy one set of speakers that will accurately represent most of the frequencies FROM THE SOURCE RECORDING!!!!!! and add a sub if necessary.
You seem to be missing something here, maybe you are dumb. Producers and engineers DO NOT guess at what their mix will sound like, they do not APPROXIMATE what it will be like on most comercial systems.
They will listen to their mix in the most accurate FLAT way possible using in the first instance near field monitors. They will then make adjustments if the reference monitors or comercial speakers sound too harsh at a certain frequency. This will be what they want it to sound like, but once they have made these changes it is EXACTLY what the near fields will put out since they are DESIGNED to be as flat as possible.......
How can you say that a speaker which represents all the frequencies from the source accurately isn't what the engineer or producer intended?
(I will concede that many reference and nearfields will be weaker at the lower frequencies..... but no more so than most home hifi's using bookshelf speakers)
You have a valid argument from one standpoint but you keep pushing it too far into the realms of 'studio snobery'.