My thanks to all!
I'm going to try and clarify, as the OP, my questions, responses and what I have gleaned from this discussion.
My thread title, "Why don't we use Pro Monitors in our Homes?" was, perhaps, a somewhat poor choice in phrasing. However, I believe in my subsequent posts that I clarified my query - and obviously, I cannot write such a lengthy set of questions in the thread title! That is what the body of the post is for, no?
sivadselim has continually said, "there is a reason", without ever being able to clarify what that reason is. It is very clear to me that sivadselim is not here to help and is simply stuck in a way of thinking, much in the same way as people who continue to espouse that broadcast quality cables are somehow unsuitable for home use. The mere existence of separate names does not necessarily mean that there is a true difference. The exact same product can be marketed under different names and sold at different prices in order to appeal to different demographics. Such is the case with many consumer products where the OEM manufactures and sells a given item to several different brand name companies who put their own brand name on the product and then charge whatever price they see fit.
I wanted to know if there was a real performance
and sound quality based reason that would make professional studio monitors unsuitable for home use. sivadselim is the only one here saying "there is a reason", but he has not been able to explain what that reason is - merely stating that because there is a distinction between "pro" and "consumer" gear that there must
be a reason. Well by that logic, there must
be a reason why super-expensive cables cost so much. And there is a reason: it's called ripping people off! So I guess what I'm really asking is:
is there a GOOD reason why we don't normally use professional audio monitors as our home speakers?
From the knowledgeable people who have been able to explain things with technical descriptions and something other than flawed and circular logic, it is clear to me that there is no sound quality reason why professional studio monitors cannot be used at home. And, in fact, if our goal is accurate sound that reproduces recordings very similarly to the way in which the recording engineers intended for it to sound, pro monitors can be a cost-effective way to achieve that goal.
There was never any question in my mind that when it comes to non-sound related things such as looks and retail availability that consumer speakers obviously offer something different from pro monitors.
It all boiled down to this:
If I want to hear, in my home, recordings reproduced as the sound engineers intended, is there any sound quality reason why I cannot go straight to the exact same speakers that were used to monitor the recording in the studio?
Logic says that I should be able to do just that - in exactly the same way that I can use the exact same broadcast quality cables and I can use the exact same video calibration standards - but I was simply uncertain and thought that I might be overlooking something.
sivadselim is the only one here saying that I am overlooking something, but he hasn't been able to explain what that something is - despite many of us repeatedly asking him to explain. That indicates a lack of knowledge and a reliance on flawed logic.
From the makers and users of professional audio monitors, all information has been clear that there is no sound quality reason what-so-ever that precludes the use of studio monitors in the home.
I can see average people not wanting to use studio monitors for many other reasons: the looks, the connections, the greater complexity of optional active cross-over adjustments, not being able to buy them in big box stores - things like that. But not the sound quality, which was my only concern.
I greatly appreciate the input from everyone. This is something that has been puzzling me for some time.
And to sivadselim, I hope, for your sake, that you will consider altering the way in which you draw your conclusions. Your stance on this subject has been a bit like the people who are adamant that the only replacement parts you should ever use in your car are the ones that come directly from the manufacturer. Those people use the same argument - that the manufacturer's parts were specifically designed for a given vehicle and therefore, must be a better choice than other 3rd party alternatives. Of course, that is NOT the case in many instances. There are so many ulterior reasons, other than performance, for why things are sold.
To finalize, are professional studio monitors the "last word" on getting the "best" audio performance at home? No. Of course not. I don't think any professional would say that because even amongst pro monitors, there are many different levels of quality and many different design choices. But the logic that if I use the exact same speakers at home that were used in the studio, I can come that much closer to hearing the same sound - exactly as it was intended - that logic seems to stand.
This has been enlightening and enjoyable. Thank you all very much