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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People are free to waste their time as they please but good luck convincing the dogmatic of anything they choose to not believe, including conspiracy theories about flat frequency response.

Hey look people lie about most anything. Why should frequency response be any different?

Now back to listening to my gear,which by happens to have very flat frequency response on the grand scale of things, with my golden ears.....

There is a rumor going around that I am perfect.   That's a hoax too!
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