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    I'm not sure the frequency response charts are exactly trustworthy either - or at least you have to be careful with them, because they're often "engineered" to make the product look nicer - not necessarily falsifying the data, presenting it in a way that makes the deficiencies look smaller and because the values differ, they can be really hard to compare against each other. And again, they are about as useful in telling us how a monitor sounds as trying to figure out a song from looking at the waveform (ok, exaggeration, but still...). Bottom line: do read reviews and recommendations, but in the end you should go to a music store and listen to them, preferably using a piece of music that you know very well. I realize that this isn't always possible...
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    Quote Originally Posted by krushing View Post
    I'm not sure the frequency response charts are exactly trustworthy either - or at least you have to be careful with them, because they're often "engineered" to make the product look nicer - not necessarily falsifying the data, presenting it in a way that makes the deficiencies look smaller and because the values differ, they can be really hard to compare against each other. And again, they are about as useful in telling us how a monitor sounds as trying to figure out a song from looking at the waveform (ok, exaggeration, but still...). Bottom line: do read reviews and recommendations, but in the end you should go to a music store and listen to them, preferably using a piece of music that you know very well. I realize that this isn't always possible...
    agreed.
    return policy with major webshops can help but not a decent alternative to comparing a dozen speakers.

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    Basically, what you need is "flat", rather than "wide",
    20-15khz is totally adequate,
    And also try to listen and compare on variety of sources, rather then sticking to single hi-end "reference" monitor system

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lama876 View Post
    And also try to listen and compare on variety of sources, rather then sticking to single hi-end "reference" monitor system
    Agreed. Most of us don't have a high-end reference system anyway, so it's even more important to try your stuff out on various consumer-level systems to get an idea on how it's gonna play out in the real world.
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    >>>>Bottom line: do read reviews and recommendations, but in the end you should go to a music store and listen to them, preferably using a piece of music that you know very well.<<<<

    >>>> Originally Posted by Lama876 And also try to listen and compare on variety of sources, rather then sticking to single hi-end "reference" monitor system

    Agreed. Most of us don't have a high-end reference system anyway, so it's even more important to try your stuff out on various consumer-level systems to get an idea on how it's gonna play out in the real world.<<<<

    The above comments, viewed together, are really the crux of it. You can get used to almost any speakers, if you play music that you know, cold, and you know how it should sound, to you (decent speakers, which is why I added the caveat "almost"). This applies to speaker selection (home audio or pro/studio), mixing/mastering, or working in a new/unfamiliar environment (different studio). start developing a reference disc of music that you know well (not just one style). This can help you evaluate speakers, and be very useful for A-Bing mixes as well. But-- If you have access to other sets of speakers/environments, this can be great for assessing the "real world" possibilities that can come with o.p.s. (other people's set-ups).
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