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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@ kenjit

The question - "is flat frequency response a hoax?
The answers - "poppycock"                       - " Do not be duped by this hogwash. "                       - " So as you can see, a flat response is useless. "
Why ask a question when you, once again, have all the answers?


" Because some people may not know the answer and need to be taught. Other people may not be willing to accept the truth and they may need a bit of persuasion. There are many myths in this hobby that need to be revealed. "

Save us all the trouble and just give us the brand of cheap ear buds you listen to so we can be enter your audio nirvana

" You are either not a real audiophile or you are in denial. If you dont care about sound quality, what makes you an audiophile? "
He doesn't use cheap earbuds for his "golden ears ".
Yawn! Have you started a dyi build, or have you contracted with a manufacturer to build speakers costumed tuned to your ears and your needs , or are you just going to continue to complain about your personal dissatisfaction and live with your cheap earbuds?

Ah, but here again you are doing nothing to solve your own dilemma