okay … here’s a topic that’s probably gonna start some fist fights, bruise some producer’s ego’s & finally ruffle @Mike’s feathers enough to make some deep commentary.
Let’s begin by saying we all think our stuff is top notch when we create it. We are all working, allegedly, on systems that have great frequency response to hear the subtle tones of our work…FULL STOP !!!
What about our end users… what devices are they listening on. Pc’s with 7.1 Surround sound, car stereos via bluetooth connection or how bout a laptop or tablets ( really small crappy spkrs) or the worst offender the speakers on a mobile phone.
They are the customers we’re trying to reach with our audio products.
Do our products damage their hardware because we’re brick wall limited at -0.01dB. Do they distort like hell on tiny laptops or tablets. On the music side, do our imaging products overpower our music. The user with 7.1 Dolby Surround always has the luxury of turning us up to suit taste. The opposite with smaller devices isn’t always true.
So for the radio crowd … is your station’s signal pleasing to the smallest among us or are you leveled to suit YOUR personal taste
For the producing crowd … do you ever ask a prospective client what platform the majority of their users listen on.
Here is what I am NOT ADVOCATING that everything you do must be customized & tweaked infinitum. I am very curious if ANY of you have ever given consideration to these trade offs. Remember in most countries terrestrial broadcaster have limits placed upon them regarding signal power & freq response thru transmitter requirements. In the DIGITAL WORLD …not so much
Just my 2 cents