Originally Posted by JerryLove
True and not true at the same time: There's a clear statistical tendency found in DBT towards flat speakers with even off-axis response.
I'd love to actually see the research study for that because it gets overworked a lot here. I suspect it's getting cited for more than it actually tested.
We know that people often select colored headphones over flat ones. We know that some people seem to prefer bright speakers and others warm. We know that speakers will generally not sound flat in a room without extensive room treatments and proper setup. There's also the issue of how perceived flat response can be preferable to measured flat response (house curve). We also know how volume affects perceived response. And finally, frequency response is not the only factor that influences SQ.
So I'm with psychobrew about subjectivity, except . . . a speaker with a linear response can often be more easily corrected to achieve the type of sound that we want. A speaker with various dips and peaks can be more difficult to EQ.