How many different kinds of guitar strings do you see? Shoes? Automobiles? The variety is endless in a modern capitalist economy.
Any given speaker will have advantages and disadvantages based on what you want it for, what room you're using it in, and on top of that there are aesthetic considerations. Some people think the Genelecs are pretty. I think they look atrocious. It's like this with any piece of equipment.
i understand there has to be a certain amount of choice, but there are far more people driving cars or wear shoes than there are people with studio's.
I just don't see why there have to be 400+ different studio monitors.
I would like to have a pair of good sounding affordable small monitors, sounds so simple but it is impossible to make a choice because it is impossible to actually hear and try them all.
There is no one determining how many monitors can be sold ----- Each individual company simply decides if they think they can make money by selling monitors. The technology is mature so it is easy for them to design and manufacture monitors.
The title of this thread made me ponder - since everybody wants basically the same thing from their monitors, why dont all the brands sound the same?
Thought about it some more - if the requiements are dead flat 20hz-30k frequency, perfect phase, no audible distortion, empty waterfall plot, and perfect impulse response - its still impossible to reach all those goals. The more money you spend the closer you get.
Then add the fact that some people want nearfield, some want midfield, and some want soffit monsters, and that some people like to mix at speech volumes and others at 100db, and there are a huge number of different products needed to fit every situation and budget.
And of course from the practical business viewpoint the huge increase in home studio numbers has created a vast market.
Because there is a market for gear. When the economy was at its worst places like Sweetwater were doing quite well. Look at the threads on Gearslutz - so many are "Which is the best?" or "What would you buy?" or "Help me spend 10 grand". Where there is a market, there will be lots trying to capitalize on it.
Obviously some stuff is better than other stuff and then there is the stuff in the same ballpark where it might work better for one situation and not for another.