Originally Posted by noah katz
Not so; XT does too little correction in the bass and too much in the highs; XT32 has much higher bass resolution and does a better job of correcting that bass, and has a much lighter hand with the highs.
Higher is better, until it isn't. And in the case of eq, the fewer the better (with each boost or attenuation, you introduce phasing and other disingenuous artifacts. Subtle, yes, but we're dealing with subtlety here, and they're additive, making "more" actually less). Can you point us toward real-world evidence that the additional resolution of XT is "practically" necessary? Again, I understand how it looks on paper, but that's meaningless in our rooms.
I use studio monitors which are nothing short of miraculous when it comes to room correction. Their DSPs have many notch filters available but most people would be surprised by the amount actually necessary, even for rooms with terrible modes. The room where I've installed my home studio is an acoustic designer's nightmare (terrible dimensions, challenging placement of equipment, little spare room to work with), yet, with the monitor's correction software running, I get a nearly perfect response. Looking at a graph of the corrective eq, I was surprised by how little it took.
But let's not forget that these corrective schemes do nothing about poor dispersion and standing waves, which no processor will correct. They have practical limits, and, given the characteristics of the average room, even the best corrective processing is useless against certain common issues.
I believe that, at each step, these processors should be performing at the highest level science has to offer, so I'd want the best correction software available, but, as is always true in a capitalistic economy, the best available isn't always the best necessary for a certain task. The hardest hammers would break the nail, if you catch my drift.
I'm eager to jump on the XT32/Pro bandwagon, but I understand marketing, and I understand acoustics to a much higher degree, so I'd need audible proof that it's worth the effort and not irrelevant, or, worse, counterproductive.