Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy
A high quality amp should not color the sound; it should be neutral.
So hopefully the amp inside a Focal professional studio is high quality and we should only be listening to the speakers.
The idea of neutrality IMO is both misunderstood and the use of the word is tossed about far to easily. Let me explain, if there was an amp which was universally recognized as being 100% true to life and that is what the public was asking for, then it would be "game over" for all other amps. And, what do we mean by neutrality? Tonal accuracy? Harmonic integrity? Realistic dynamics? etc. etc. etc. Then there is the question, how do we really know what is neutral? In my view, the only people that really have a strong command of neutrality are recording engineers and producers. They are the ones that hear the live event, track it, and then play it back in a sufficiently short amount of time so as not to have a memory latency problem. Even then there could be some issues based on if the live event was amplified or not. Then there is the question of mics and mic pres. They all have characters of their own. You see what I'm getting at. With so many links in the chain it is difficult for me to buy into the idea of 100% neutrality.
To a degree, I do agree with you the amp needing to be of a high quality to have a monitor perform at its best. However, I would go a step beyond. The ideal situation for any listener is to not hear your system at all. You should be hearing only the music, soundtrack, etc. You should be hearing (or not hearing) transparency. In fact that is the Focal Professional tagline. Listen to your music, not your speakers. While that might sound like it came right out of the marketing department it did not. It came from the engineers themselves. They truly have a deeply rooted passion to create the best possible sound reproduction devices that can be made.