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Thank you all so much for all the suggestions! I have a lot to look into now. I haven't frequented audio boards in a number of years now (I was pretty happy with my setup), so I haven't heard of most of the suggestions. I was already thinking that coherence was a major issue at tight distances, and that single driver designs might make the most sense. Also, I have a long history of really liking time and phase aligned speakers. Big Dunlavy monkey coffins are my all-time favorite speakers. I know that they have a hard-limit to their upper volume, and the sweetspot is small, but working within those parameters, I always find the sound just 'there'. It is effortless and clear in a way that is unlike anything else I have heard.Is anyone making a finished product with those Mark Audio 10P drivers?I will look around to see if there are Amphion dealers here in Vancouver - I like their description of 'extreme-nearfield'.I have some skepticism as to how the small dual-driver JBLs would sound from that close - has anybody actually tried it?
....I have some skepticism as to how the small dual-driver JBLs would sound from that close - has anybody actually tried it?
I've never found headphones I love and can listen to for hours
I'm not sure why everyone thinks this is so unusual. At many large studios mid/large monitors are used in the control room, but small monitors are used at a separate mix down station. Often, it's a mixing console with speakers mounted away from the wall to reduce room gain and with each speaker within arms reach of the engineer. Until recently, it was common for these monitors to be 3 way speakers, now it's mostly 2 way. I've never seen full range drivers used for mix down, but have seen coax of course. Coherence will not be a problem with a modern 2 way monitor, it's what they're made for.
All speakers will measure differently at 6' compared to 2'. It appears your speakers are intended for the purpose you have in mind though that doesn't mean you have to like the way they sound. As mentioned earlier, you generally want the speakers away from the walls to prevent gain. If they sounded better by pulling your desk out into the room (away from the walls), that makes sense. Also consider mounting them up off the desktop surface on ridged stands at ear level. This will reduce reflections off the desktop.
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