i have yet to meet an engineer who believes there is anything 'more' important than 'the food' that's brought in while they are working. as far as 'brands' of equipment, no one much cares unless there are endorsement perks. i haven't heard a bad room yet.
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Do a lot of the makers you mention actually build to differing standards for home use or studio use - different designers etc?
Most of what I mention is the same for home or studio. Although any pro speaker maker needs to add grills and veneer for home use but that is about the extent of it (so the drivers will be the same on the models that have crossed over) . Studios also like clipping indicators so they know when they are definitely over driviong something. Otherwise the stuff is not so very different for most of the items I mention.
Consumer ref = -10 dBV = 0.316 V rms. Professional ref = +4 dBu = 1.228 V rms. Some designers have a built in switch but older pro gear may not be compatible and a pro pre amp or mixer will overdrive consumer gear. That is a 12 db higher signal level....just another reason why pro gear is general better for S/N.
My main point really was to hint at the fact that there may potentially be a lot of purely studio designed gear (often from unrecognised manufacturers) that we would never hear about in hifi magazines/internet forums. There may be products from this category just waiting to be discovered. Gems that would not ordinarily be considered suitable for home use ( i belive that to be an entirely unfounded assumption on the part of the audio press)
My main point really was to hint at the fact that there may potentially be a lot of purely studio designed gear (often from unrecognised manufacturers) that we would never hear about in hifi magazines/internet forums
For sure they have some stuff a see this The Way Studio Custom Neve 8078 and this Blackbird Studios.
Both places have awesome virtual tours and some amazing gear. (mega mega bucks though)
Much of the monitoring in the studios in your link, are relatively cheap, but sound good. They are just in well designed and treated rooms, placed carefully, and fed a clean signal.
The genelec active monitors sound really nice and are easy to listen to for long periods near field. The ATCs are used for higher SPL listening usually and to check on deep bass levels. These will also be used when the people paying for the music being created come to visit!
The Neve 8078 is a beautiful mixing desk. My favorite.
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