Originally Posted by Jonathan Teller
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By starting this thread, I wanted to know:
1) if professional studio monitors could deliver these same sound characteristic design goals in my home, and
2) if they can
, then why don't more people use them at home?
In both video and audio, I want to experience accuracy. I want to see and hear what I am supposed
to see and hear. I'm well aware that I can do all sorts of things to the images and sound to make them more "pleasing", but that is not my goal. If I am not supposed to see something in a very dark portion of a movie's image, then I do not want to see it! Similarly, if I am not supposed to hear some minute detail in the soundtrack, then I do not want to hear it. Conversely, if I am
supposed to see or hear a certain detail, then I darn well want to see or hear it! Even if it is "unpleasant"
I used logic alone to say, "if they use a certain type of speaker in the recording studio, then doesn't it make sense to use that same type of speaker at home?"
But I am also well aware that the speakers are only half of the audio equation and that the room (including the listening position) are the other half.
The "typical" recording studio is not traditionally like a "typical" room at home, so I am open to the idea that there could be a genuine difference between a "studio" speaker and a "home" speaker.
But I need technical reasons as to why they are different in order to be convinced that there is a difference. Simply saying "there is
a difference" is not convincing unless it can be explained what
that difference is.
And simply saying "one is near-field, the other is for listening at greater distances" is likewise not convincing. What is it about a speaker that can be used in the near-field that makes it inappropriate for listening further away?
On the flip side, it has been explained why a physically large, 3-way speaker will likely not work well for near-field listening. The reason given is that the sounds from all 3 (or more) drivers need to "sum" so that they appear to the ear as a point source. That is a technical reason - one that makes sense and explains why that type of speaker may work fine when the listener is a good distance away, but will not work well if the listener is seated to close to allow this summation.Bottom Line - How do I get accurate sound in my home?
Can I use professional audio monitors? If I can - are they a good choice for getting accurate audio? If I do not care about looks, I am fine with using XLR or RCA connections and a pre/pro and I am careful to choose pro monitors that are specified for my room size and listening distance, is it reasonable to expect that I will be closer to having accurate sound?