Is flat frequency response a hoax?

I have seen a number of speaker companies claiming that their design has a ruler flat response. They then proudly display a graph with a flat line as if it's an indication of its superior quality. Poppycock.

Flat response is a myth. Everybody has different hearing so there's no reason to expect that there would be a one size fits all frequency response.
We don't all wear the same sized shoes do we? Everybody has different sized feet. 

There are plenty of flat response speakers that sound horrible. I've heard quite a lot. There are many non ruler flat great sounding speakers too.
Do not be duped by this hogwash. 

If the mixing engineer used a pair of speakers that is 3db down in the mids and top end then he may have boosted that region by a similar amount. Now when the track gets played on a ruler flat speaker it sounds too bright. So as you can see, a flat response is useless.


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I quit eating ice cream because none was custom built for my taste buds.
I think you are underestimating my Ice Cream tasting abilities.  

Honestly though, we buy speakers that we like the way the sound, correct?  Why then would they have to be custom tuned to my ears, whatever that means.  Can you please give us an example of what the heck you mean when you say that?

I mean, wouldn’t the speakers have to be tuned to our ear, to all of the associated equipment, to our room, to our musical tastes, to our mood, to the volume?  

I’m 100% certain of one thing though, and that is that Kenjit only has problems, no solutions; must be rough

Man, I took 4 years off from Audiogon and it went to crap...

It used to be an informative, cordial place to hang out.  Now you get quite a few, fairly ignorant people pretending to be smart about audio, and my God, they are super annoying.  Is there a way to just block what some members post?  I’ve got 3 on my list that I’d be fine to never hear from again.

I wouldn’t mind Kenjit if I felt like he was genuine and working towards a goal, other than pissing everyone off.  All he wants to do is complain and point out what he believes are shortcomings within speaker design, yet he never ever tries to work towards a solution.  Solutions have been given to him from Duke, and others, but Kenjit has no response.

My grandma was right, society is going to hell in a handbasket.