Near field Monitor vs. 12'' Speaker
Hi! This is a pretty basic question.
For some time I've been working in my studio using a pair of Alesis Pro Venue Speakers 1201 (200W 12'' speaker with 1'' Driver). Before that I had been using some very good quality (hi end) but quite old home equipment. When I went for the Alesis a couple of years ago my idea was to be able to use them as P.A. for small venues (100 people) as well as using them as monitors in my studio.
My work is not recording but I mainly do electroacoustic music. I thought, as I liked the quality of those speakers, that it would let me be in touch with the kind of speaker that is the one usually used to reproduce my kind of electroacoustic music, even though I would be using them in my studio at lower levels. Now that I'm upgrading some equipment, I'm considering the advantages of going for a more typical near-field studio monitor (like the Mackie's HR824).
Could you explain what the advantages of this would be?. Is it really better to work with a studio monitor like this (the HR824) rather than with the bigger (and somewhat bulky I have to say) Alesis speakers I'm using? Will the quality improve? I do not usually see people in studios using these kind of speaker like I use, so that's where my question comes from. As I said I'm not working so much into a material that would be reproduced on home stereo equipment, but that would normally be reproduced through P.A.
Thanks very much for any enlightening information on this issue!!