Can you list some models you have listened to?
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I've owned KRK VXT6, JBL LSR4328.
I currently own K+H O300D and Neumann KH120A.
I've heard Focal Solo 6.
I made the switch to active speakers about 8 years ago and will probably never own passive speakers again. I'll probably never own floor standing speakers again, either. I've been sold on subs for over a decade.
The models I have bought just recently are . Mackie MR Mk 3 which retail for $500 a pair . Use 5 of those in a bedroom home theater setup . Bought a pair of JBL LSR 305 for my bedroom $275 I bought a Nanopatch passive volume control for those . And Adam Audio f7 $550 used in main home theater as surrounds . All purchased at Guitar Center on sale . I have read some people claim they are so analytical that they make bad recording sound like shit . I have found the complete opposite to be true . Anything I play through them sounds musical to me . I no longer skip through iTunes looking to hear the "best" recordings I own .
rockdanny , Do you have yours set up for critical listening ? or close together around your computer screen . My first pair of the adams I placed as my previous speakers were . out from the wall and 5-6 feet apart . They really excelled that way. They image great , have a great soundstage . I caanot hear anything negative about them . which is a first for all the speakers I have owned .
I have read some people claim they are so analytical that they make bad recording sound like shit .There are really "grades" of pro monitors. Those that would be used in a real professional studio and those that are used in home studios for personal recordings. The inexpensive active speakers are for the home studio market and typically are not overly neutral. The speakers you mentioned fall into that category.
More expensive active monitors, $3K+ a pair, will definitely expose the weaknesses in a recording. JBL LSR6328, Neuman's higher end models, Genelec's higher end models and ATC are examples of such.
I don't know if that carries any weight because on pop recordings they will also play the cut on a car loudspeaker to see how it will sound in that environment.Russ, I think you've just mentioned, that studio monitors are used as reference speakers and than the material is tested on home speakers and automobile ones as well or to be more precise the material is tested in the most listenable environment per given music.