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Old 12th November 2009
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No advantage. The optimal placement of the stereo speakers is described in detail on many places, so I won't go there now.

The reason those smaller references are often closer is usually purely practical. When mixing, it is good to have the primary monitors at optimal position. And when they are there, you can't place anything else on the same spot.

So, the usual solution is to place the smaller references next to the main ones.

One important function of the "crappy" reference speakers is to provide a listening medium when checking the mixes in mono. And when used mono it doesn't matter much how far (or close) apart the speakers are.

For mono listening you actually need only one speaker. And the traditional way the "crappy monitor" and "mono monitor" has arranged is to use one Auratone (or similar) speaker in the middle.