Originally Posted by bassbinoctuplets
Also it's not like I would be monitoring with both pairs the whole time. It would be nice, however, to have both pairs playing at once every now and then.
I'm very serious about my monitoring, which is why I need a very specific tool.
Anyway thanks for the insight.
Sorry. Words are clumsy at best
for me. Instead of saying 'when you get serious about monitoring'
, what I meant was, when you start monitoring your music sources seriously' you will not use 2 pairs at the same time. Here is why: You will discover a nice 'big' sound (that is just combined volume and 'more' sound waves reaching you simultanously) but the sound will be blurred, usually unpercpetible at first until critical mixing is required. This is because 2 sources (or 4 actually) coming from different locations in the room will reach your ears at different times. This creates comb-filtering and phasing anomolies. This actually happens with one pair of monitors in an untreated room or outside the 'sweet spot'.
You also are dealing with multiple 'early' reflections which also reach your ears at different times. This adds to the comb-filtering and phasing challenges. The stereo field becomes undefined.
No flame or disrespect here intended, I appreciate you experimenting and going at your own pace. That is what it is there for and how we move forward. Still just letting you know what you will eventually discover on your own and why certain responses have been provided. It might save you time...
And yes, you are right. Many manufactuers units can do ALL 3 at once
, but this generally is not a design 'feature' so much as a cost cutter I would imagine, though it can be marketed anyway the company wants. Honestly I enjoy my Presonus Central Station for a basic $600 100% Passive unit.
Originally Posted by bitmob
I don't like working with the big knob partially due to it being an active device, but mostly because there are better options for much less
Active generally isn't the issue/problem folks have with the Big Knob, just the design
of the active system. (Although I have been using the Big Knob in my 'temp' rig with enjoyable success) A properly designed active system is always superior (more transparent) than a passive system. For instance, the Presonus I have is a passive system (I think a good one), where as the Crane Song and Dangerous are both active and Coleman I beleive offers both.
Both passive and active systems have their downsides which is why a properly designed active system costs a great deal more.
Have a great weekend!