Is it that bad? Yes. Most pro gear is designed to stand abuse first and foremost; sound is a lesser consideration. I guarantee that GOOD recording studios DO NOT use cheap high powered amps. Check out some of the forums run by serious recording engineers. My REL subs use Speakon; there is nothing wrong with them. It is a chicken and egg thing; neither the cable manufactures nor the equipment makers will start using them until the other goes first and at present there is no demand that either do so. Remember that universal compatibility is much more important in pro gear than home and locking connectors are better in a situation where the equipment may have multiple users. There are crossover products that are used by both home and recording/broadcast studios. GamuT was a pro audio company, ATC and B&W are used in recording studios, Spendor in broadcast ones; Berry Diament uses Maggies as monitors; Tony Faulkner uses Quads. Also remember how bad a lot of records sound; guess what was used to make them. Garbage in, garbage out; pro or home, good equipment is seldom cheap; can you overpay, sure. Do some serious research before you buy and listen as much as you can; then buy what makes you happy whatever it was designed for.
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