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Fran
post Jun 16 2008, 03:55 PM
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I believe normal or hi-fi speakers are made to listen to music CDs/DVDs etc, while monitors are specific for recording, giving a pure instrument sound without colouring it at all.


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post Jun 16 2008, 04:48 PM
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Good description Fran - studio monitors ideally deliver a flat neutral sound. All speakers and cabinets have some colouration but the purpose of studio monitors is to try to reproduce the recorded track as authentically as possible so that you can then determine how much, if any, eq'ing etc you need to add/subtract along with providing as close as possible an accurate picture of stereo image, depth and timing.

Hi-fi speakers, on the other hand, are there to sound appealing to your personal tonal preference and so may enhance particular frequencies and subtract others. Hi-fi buffs often refer to studio monitors as 'sterile' and 'fatiguing' whereas, arguably, a more precise description would be 'accurate' - and unmercifully so. Essentially a studio monitor is not there to flatter your mix but display it accurately - warts and all - so that you can decide what to do regarding mixing and mastering.

Much the same is true for hi-fi vs studio amplification btw, hi-fi buffs will deliberately preference a particular combination of pre/power amp with a given set of speakers because it provides a certain 'sound'. In studios many people choose to get active monitors rather than a passive speaker/power amp combination to avoid any possible problem with getting the 'wrong' combo.

Hi-fi monitors additionally differ from studio monitors in that the latter will often have TRS 1/4inch and/or XLR ins whilst the former will probably take some sort of phono. (My main Tannoy studio monitors take a digital s-pdif and an XLR - my hi-fi Sonus Fabers however take a bridged pair of 1/8th phono.) That is, monitors usually use balanced 'pro' type connections and hi-fi uses 'consumer' type.

Final bit - and have a look at Andrew's blog for more on this - studio monitors ultimately can only perform to the best of their abilities if properly located. This often involves proper positioning and using frequency traps. Some (usually the more expensive) monitors will have dip switches that allow you to attenuate or gain particular frequencies as a means to account for un-even room response.

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post Jun 16 2008, 07:06 PM
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Wow Tony, that is what I call a detailed answer! It's great having you guys in the forums, I learn so much each day wink.gif


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Line-6 POD X3 + FBV-Express, Pandora PX5D

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