Old 09-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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I just stumbled onto this a little while ago, and I'm passing it along. This company records monitors, headphones, and other bits of gear for your comparison pleasure (and to sell you gear). It seems like this will be much more helpful to those looking for monitors and headphones than sifting through endless pages of opinions on forums.

Here is their test method for monitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EAFBysViAg

Here is a comparison between three monitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXAOTRdTNA
Source playback is in red, and recordings of monitors playing back are in other colors.

The audio files for various monitors/etc. are here: https://soundcloud.com/sonic-sense-pro-audio

To compare, download the source file and the files for any monitors which you want to compare. Insert the files into Reaper on separate tracks, and use solo-exclusive (ctrl+alt+click track solo button) to solo a track while Reaper is playing.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:33 AM   #2
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Yeah. I've seen this before. It's hilarious. I like their kind of humour.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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I just stumbled onto this a little while ago, and I'm passing it along. This company records monitors, headphones, and other bits of gear for your comparison pleasure (and to sell you gear). It seems like this will be much more helpful to those looking for monitors and headphones than sifting through endless pages of opinions on forums.

Here is their test method for monitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EAFBysViAg

Here is a comparison between three monitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXAOTRdTNA
Source playback is in red, and recordings of monitors playing back are in other colors.

The audio files for various monitors/etc. are here: https://soundcloud.com/sonic-sense-pro-audio


To compare, download the source file and the files for any monitors which you want to compare. Insert the files into Reaper on separate tracks, and use solo-exclusive (ctrl+alt+click track solo button) to solo a track while Reaper is playing.

This is phenomenally cool. I have always wanted to do something like a blog/CD with this kind of strict, transparent A/B/X testing. I have just never had a sufficient range of gear to make it worthwhile.

I'll throw out a recent real-world example:

Our studio has a decent assortment of bass amps, but the good ones are all "vintage"-type: Ampeg, Acoustic, Fender, etc. I am currently looking to add a more "modern" sounding amp for 80's/90s style slap-bass or grindy rock bass guitar, something better than the stalwart Peavy Mark IV in the main room.

I was thinking something like the Gallien-Krueger combo I had in college, but I went to check some youtube videos, to try and compare the sound to things like MarkBass, Hartke, Trace-Elliot, Genz-Benz, Eden... just anything, any kind of shootout between bass-amps, to try and narrow down differences between sounds. It was impossible. I couldn't find a single remotely-respectable comparison of "here's what this bass sounds like through a Hartke, and here's what it sounds like through a GK", or anything like that.

Of course I can (and should) take a bass guitar down to Guitar Depot and try a bunch of different amps, but it was insane to me that I couldn't find a single credible audio or video shootout or comparison between different brands of bass-amps, which should be simple as dirt to compare.

Mics, preamps, and studio monitors are million times harder to compare in the store, assuming you can even get anything like a fair comparison. You can nit-pick the methodology a million ways to sunday, but I'm glad someone is at least trying.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:13 AM   #4
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Hey yep, I know what you mean about not finding decent recordings of gear on youtube. Most stuff is posted by people who aren't into recording, using their cameras, phones, whatever electronics device they have, to capture the audio, which tend to clip easily and have crappy builtin compression. Then there are marketers and 'pro' reviewers who yack on and on without any real demonstration, or useful demonstration, of the sound of the gear. And of course, the person playing the gear tends to slant the uselefulness of even a good recording. A beginner might set the gear badly and not have the playing ability to demonstrate what the gear can do. An experienced player might play in a certain way and make settings which hide the weaknesses of the gear.

Any way, I think that it would be a great idea for more shops to put some effort into making audio demos of gear, taking into consideration relevant factors, such as what I mentioned above.
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With a wide variety of studio monitors in the market, it is so hard to find the right one for you. There are great monitors for your home or professional studios like JBL LSR308 and Yamaha HS8. https://homestudiomaven.com/studio-m...-vs-yamaha-hs8

Both have almost the same specs so it is really confusing. Which one do you prefer?
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