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Why would I want “studio-monitor accuracy” in a live sound speaker?

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asked Apr 27, 2015 in StudioLive Ai LoudSpeakers by AlexTinsley (925,190 points)
What does Studio Monitor Accuracy have to do with Live Sound?

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answered Apr 27, 2015 by AlexTinsley (925,190 points)
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Many powered loudspeakers come preloaded with the “smiley-face” EQ. This scoops out the mid range and hypes up the high and low ends, but it also colors the audio. StudioLive AI loudspeakers simply amplify signals that are too quiet to be heard by a large audience.

Let’s say you’re listening to a singer and piano in one of those fantastic old churches where sound carries naturally and does not require artificial amplification. That performance is going to have an intimate and elemental quality and will not fatigue listeners’ ears. Both voice and piano will be heard without distortion or blurring.

A properly phase- and time-aligned speaker with a fairly linear frequency response can deliver this same experience on a much larger scale. The best studio reference monitors can deliver this “natural” listening experience but most PA speakers cannot. StudioLive AI loudspeakers, though, can deliver this “natural” quality even though they commonly operate at much higher SPLs than studio monitors do.