It has been a while, sorry. The world and this thread have moved on.
However, I do have some issues with a couple of replies to my earlier posts:
Mastering speakers: We have all (or we should all have, as there are plenty out there) seen adverts for speakers claiming that these are THE speakers used by recording studios in mastering sound for the final cut. Examples include the Yamaha NS4 and NS10, also the Genelec 1031, even Auratones. A bit further up the scale, names like Lipinsky, Focal, Dynaudio. The only mastering studio I know quite well (no names no packdrill) used some rather tacky looking Genelecs coupled with a tiny (5" cube) Carver sub to check their final mixes. I suspect (not least from the price label) that the Lipinskys are quite good, but many of the others are not. Sorry, but they just aren’t. They are selected more than partly because they are popular budget speakers typical of the market that the mix will end up either pleasing or not.
And FWIW I was not talking about a $300k set-up, I was talking about $300k speakers (e.g. Wilson Alexandria specials – not that I have a pair).
Bass emphasis: So, allow that a pair of such final review speakers does not produce much below 80Hz, quite a lot less at 60Hz and not much at all below 40Hz. For ease of illustration, say flat down to 80Hz, then 80-60 -3dB, 60-40 a further -3dB, 40-20 a further -12dB. Our engineer masters his final mix based on what sounds good from his NS-10s. You then play the resulting CD on your Wilson Alexandrias (allow, flat down to 20Hz). What happens to the bass? Well, of course room acoustics play a part, but other things equal, you will be getting 3dB more than planned from 80-60 Hz, 6dB more from 60-40Hz and a whole dimension you could not tell even existed from 40Hz on down.
Even if you have equipment that can be “voiced” to produce a certain frequency response in your particular room, what is the objective? Of course, to minimise peaks and troughs caused by resonances and reinforcements/cancellations in your special environment, but what then? Are you aiming for a flat response 20 – 20k? Because that surely was not what our mixing engineer was hearing coming out of his NS-10s.