Originally Posted by UpNorthSound
For what reasons as I'm about to upgrade my monitor setup from some dated RP5's?
What should the next step be for me if the room is treated?
Treating your room is valuable for monitoring purposes and it is VERY important. Everything you do in this realm will be based on how well you hear what exactly is going on in the process, whether it be in the mix, master or during the production process. If your room is not treated you will not be hearing things properly.
Sound localization and depth perception with regards to sound will be dependent on things like phase differences and angles of reflection and a list of other things. If your room is untreated the sound will continue bouncing around for long periods of time, comparatively anyway. If the sound is still bouncing around, you are still hearing it which means that you will be mixing inaccurately. Why inaccurately you ask, because you will be hearing sounds that have long left the source which means that you will be compensating for sounds that you shouldn't be hearing. Everything will be affected from panning to reverb addition. What you are ultimately trying to do, is to remove the room as a factor as much as possible so that you can mix properly. So you won't be over or under emphasizing anything which will ultimately result in a better mix on your system as well as a mix that translates well.
As for what will your next upgrade be? That will depend on what area of your studio is lacking, what aspect of your current setup do you feel is lacking?