We frequently debate microphones, but not loudspeakers very often
My main monitors, for post, are Quad 63s on tall stands ,listened near field ish,ie 5-6'.
I record on dipoles and omnis and listen on dipoles,it makes some sort of sense.
They are cruelly accurate, with a large soundstage,similar to my HD 650,but better.
I have B&W N803 here, along with HD-600. Both connected to a Benchmark DAC-1, the speakers amplified by Array Quartz M-1 amps.
Most important is the way we listen. You are completely right that it should be debated much more often.
I read something interesting by Dunlavy once - he was comparing loudspeaker dispersion and the projection of instruments in a room, and how important this is for natural reproduction. Something to think about when setting up your listening space.
KH-120's for mix, KEF 102/4's and SoundLab M-3PX electrostatics for fun. Driven by monoblock hafler DH500's and/or a hafler XL-280. Pre-amp is a hafler DH-110 and tuner a DH-220. Hard to beat hafler for the money. ATH-M50's and Ety headphones.
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Reference listened medium field, set up as a right triangle with the listening position with the speakers at the center point of the long dimension of the room. They are fed by a Cary Audio Design CAD 300SEI LX20 single ended triode amp that I rebuilt. Conversion courtesy of a Black Lion Audio Signature modded Digi 002R. Headphones: Denon AH-D7000.
Love the 63s... rebuilt and modded a pair for a friend...
Grace m903 monitor controller ME Geithain RL906 monitors
Sennheiser HD 800 headphones (open)
Sennheiser HD 25-1 headphones (closed)
The above is my main rig.
I also have a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30 Actives and a pair of K+H O110D, but the RL906 are superior to both of these. I also have about 20 other headphones I can use. The HD 800 replaced the HD 650 and HD 580 Jubilee (same as the HD 600) that I also have.
Too many to list, but....
Main studio speakers are 5 DUnlavy SC-V's with 3 Classe CA-2300's for the front and a CA2200 for the rears. Also have Stax Lambda Pro and SR-007 earspeakers. (Like the Lambda Pro's better....)
On the road it depends on the recording but for Orchestras I use 3x B&W 801III matrix and 2x 802III with 3 NAD M2 amplifiers. For chamber I usually use N805 with a Rotel Digital amp.
At home I typically listen on an iHome iPod alarm clock..... But have in manland a pair of Quad ESL 63 USA on SoundAnchor stands and a Nak PA7II along with a pair of home made subwoofers with a Rane xover. Haven't turned it on in probably 2 years. Hope all the panels still work.
In my workshop I'm building a set of custom ATC SCM200's out of Wimslow driver kits and 8 Hypex Ncore modules. Crossover is a Minidsp 2x8 with a Minidigi interface.
For cans I have a pair of Etymotic HF2 for riding the subway and a pair of Sony 7506's for work. Usually plug them into whatever's close. (Telephone, CD Burner, console)
All the best,
PMC IB2S with Genelec 7071A subwoofer, mains fed by NAD 208 amp, which in turn gets the signal from Crane Song Avocet. Near fields are ADAM A7, also via Genelec, and cans Sennheiser HD800 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 from Heed Canamp.
Speaker/room system goes quite flat down to 15 Hz, good for organ recordings...
Changed last summer to PMC IB1-S with Bryston amp.
Super monitors with extended bass sound. Also use QUAD ESL-63.
Digital Audio Denmark a/d and d/a to monitors.
Home hi-fi sounds great for enjoyment listening. All tube. There is Linn Sondek LP-12 with Dynavector cartridge, Shindo Aurieges preamp, VAC Marantz 8b 40 watt amp. QUAD cd player, QUAD FM4 tuner., Pro-Ac Response 2s speakers.
At the studio:
RME Fireface UFX, Yamaha NS Amplifier and NS-1000M speakers (modded). Grado SR325 headphones.
Whatever is available. UFX, KORG or Babyface converters, Grado headphones, Sennheiser HD280 speakers, Genelec 8030s or the PA speakers (Nexo, D&B Audiotechnik, JBL or RCF). Whatever does the job.