Quote: Originally Posted by jp11801 /img/forum/go_quote.gif you can call bull crap all you want but for the most part Steve is right on this one. Also c'mon, when you wear a headphone the driver is inches from your head there is a HIGH likelihood that small high pitched sounds will be more evident. This based on how how high frequencies attenuate faster than low frequencies additionally you are isolated from outside noises to a far greater degree that mask anomalies like this glitch. How is he right on this one? He said that the midrange of the studio monitors masked crackles. If they do, then they are not doing what they are intended to do, which is to present a flat and accurate as possible presentation of the music being recorded. I'd really like to know which headphones he had in mind when he made that statement. I read here that a lot of people say that high end speakers are more resolving and have more detail than high end headphones. I do not know if you are in that camp, but it would be contradictory to say speakers are more detailed, but headphones are better at revealing the crackles in this recording. Quote: Originally Posted by jp11801 /img/forum/go_quote.gif You are looking to place meaning in Steve's words where there are none. Well, since he did not clarify his statement, I assume he meant exactly what he said, and we are left to make out own conclusions. Quote: Originally Posted by jp11801 /img/forum/go_quote.gif Steve has supported Headfi by appearing at two of our National meets and speaking. It was very nice of him to do so, but that is immaterial. It is obvious that he does not hate headphones, but he is not above reproach when it comes to questioning his statements. Quote: Originally Posted by jp11801 /img/forum/go_quote.gif He has not come out against headphones on his site that I can see but does seem to prefer speakers. This preference places him in the company of many people here that love headphones but often prefer to listen to speakers. Speakers can present music more naturally given that they can soundstage in a way headphones can not, amongst other things. I prefer my speakers to my headphones. This is not the argument. If he preferred headphones when working, and his comments pertained to midrange of headphones, would your opinion be any different?