Originally Posted by G-Rex
I don't recall seeing any of those big boomy "live event pro speakers" in recording studios around the world, do you? Yes, they are designed to play ridiculously loud, but revealing? Nope. You should have a listen to some Acapella speakers with the plasma Ion tweeter, Wilson X2/Maxx series 3 speakers, or Egglestonworks Savoy or Andra IIs and then tell me what you think of the dynamics, resolution of sound, detail, and sound stage created with zero distortion...then repost.
I love some of the products in high end audio, especially speakers and the tech associated with the cutting edge. I've followed the high end speaker offerings for about 30 years. Despite the insanity in pricing, and the BS marketing, there are some fantastic products out there that are capable of amazing things.
Now I've also followed the pro audio loudspeaker products for decades as well. What's available today in touring sound is every bit as good, in every aspect, as any high end speaker. You have no idea, as evidenced by your statements, of the capability of the current manufacturers loudspeaker products. Resolution as good as any
"home" hifi product in the world. Dynamics, obviously nothing can compare to the finest pro audio. Frequency, time and phase aligned to a very high degree of accuracy, and ideally optimized in a manner that very few home systems can approach. Imaging, that's a product of the recording, and a product of suitable playback acoustics. Equalized in both the time and frequency domain the system would image as well as the material and room will allow.
I've set up pro equipment in great environments. Most environments are very challenging, and compromised in areas. Some events, in the right environment, can be phenomenal. Certainly not limited by the loudspeakers. Attend a large outdoor event with a good PA. Or a summer amphitheater tour, and sit in a good spot and take it all in. It's all about the position in which you experience the event, and the acoustic environment of the event. The results attainable when ample time is given to set-up, can achieve virtually any positive attribute available in the home. We preach it all the time in these AVS pages, ..it's all about the room.
The operational headroom in a big PA can cure many of the problems we discuss here all the time. As I posted somewhere earlier, AC/DC went out with (72) 18s per side, in an arena. That's headroom. The distortion free nature that the LF has can be fantastic in this way. That many drivers operating within their linear envelope can achieve some stunning results. I learned this many years ago putting together a rented PA for a wedding as an experiment. I went way overkill on the LF boxes. (8) double 15s, mated with a single two way top for each side. Etched in my mind in general is the importance of headroom. More specifically, the approach of utilizing multiple LF drivers, each operating in a highly linear fashion well within their respective linear envelope, all summing to provide LF support for highly optimized mains.Here
is a link to that story I recently posted at the Cult. The 5th paragraph is the related content.
The best of what modern performance audio is capable of, by any standard is phenomenal. Obviously each type has their strengths, but as I go down the list, the only aspect I can think of whereby a home speaker may
excel, is the potential negative effects of baffle width. If the pro speaker didn't address the diffraction discontinuities, perhaps very early reflections could be slightly problematic. In the finest boxes I know of, every potential aspect, including diffraction effects, are a design element.Big boomy "live event pro speakers"
....What aspect can they not reveal? They are very challenged in many acoustic environments, but to characterize the speaker as boomy and lacking ability to be revealing, that's not correct.