Post by swedishstudio on Aug 16, 2019 22:28:33 GMT
Hi! I first found Ethan by listening to a skeptical podcast which I had been listening to for years. It never crossed my mind that also the professional audio industry was full of quackery and myths.
Now, to the question, as far as I understand the science, there are obvious reasons for why there are different drivers in different sizes in studio monitors. One is better at create higher frequencies and another one is better at create lower frequencies. But there seems also to be a "midrange woofer(?)" that are found in higher priced studio monitor models.
My question is: would you perceive any difference ("improvement") in the midrange (like vocals) if you invest in a pair of S3V Adam for example as it has a dedicated 4" midrange? I already have a pair of Adam A7X (connected to Audient iD14) that I really just use for recreational listening because my philosophy is, "I wanna hear it flat because I wanna hear it as their creators intended it to sound". So, I don't really use them for critical listening or production although I have been interested in creating music as I do play the piano (a digital piano from Kawai) as a hobby.
I realize you could just get a big pair of home-cinema floor speakers but they, I would assume, would lack the "flatness" in their response (assuming used in a sound-treated room)? Thank you very much for the response in advance and thank you also for allowing me to become a member here, and a, hopefully, more informed audiophile! =)
I've never used any high-end monitors such as the ATC range which also have a dedicated midrange driver. While there may be some quackery in the biz, I've never doubted that those speakers offer some kind of benefit for the money.
Before I chime in, let's understand that I don't mix, have no experience in monitors meaning I can't give you the best answer for your application. On the off chance my answer can benefit in understanding general perceivable differences in speaker types, I can say that once you go 3 way you can't go back. No doubt, 2 ways sometimes have a warmer sound that is applicable to some types of music a 3 way opens up the mids like never before.
Like any one of us on this forum we strive to understand the science and the quackery but my opinion at best is that upgrading speakers "sometimes" does make a difference but this doesn't mean a small jump in size, or better brand, or even adding a mid-range. You need to upgrade significantly on all parameters of speaker building by a certain amount to hear a difference or benefit. And of course there is a point in price after which the sound is only becoming different and its subjective and isn't necessarily improved or better.
That said based on your question investing in a dedicated 4inch mid-range in my speaker can make an perceivable difference? Yes, if the jump from your old speaker is significant, and if the 3 way has been designed correctly.
Regarding brands, you have to do long hours of research to understand drivers they use, find there theory behind, Q, frequency response they aim for etc etc and this is if it is at all possible. But you don't need to get caught up in this, like the others say, find a reputable brand and stick with it, just understand the parameters your upgrading.