Excellent observation indeed!Funnily enough, the more accurate sound reproduction is the better a chance a lossy codec ... hearing loss in critical frequency bands - if the codec exploits auditory masking by a signal that is then either not properly reproduced or heard, that'll obviously backfire ... might actually spot compression artifacts more easily with crappy laptop speakers ...
A speaker is a speaker with some properties. Today and here on this board so called monitors get rated by the same set of measurements and decidedly very same evaluation of that measurements. Regularly monitors show a wider range of connectivity options, to be payed for, and that was it. If you're actually serious with paying in between preferrably 200 but up to 1800 for a pair(?) you better reveal the whole, sorry, so called signal chain in your house. The YT vs SPTFY vs whatever quality media for randomized playlists thing is an afterthought that you shall not consider too much.I notice all the studio monitors im looking at people use for recording studios. Im just trying to listen to music and youtube videos. ...
Also, how do you like those for just listening to music and YT videos?
good info. I think im going to go with the KALI AUDIO in-UNF. ill let you know how they are.I'm in a similar situation as you are, I love high quality audio and audiophile mixes, however my taste in music often times clashes with that. I listen to a lot of metal for example and the mixes/masters are often compressed to hell and back which sounds absolutely horrible on really good speakers.
I tried so many different speakers in the last 10(?) years, from studio monitors in several price ranges to more premium hifi speakers. My room is acustically treated as well.
So I somehow disagree with the suggestion to buy a neutral high resolution nearfield monitor and "just EQ it" because I think part of the problem is not only the frequency response, but also the transient response, too much detail there exposes a lot of the flaws of bad or crushed mixes.
To my ears the best speakers I have ever owned (and still do) are the (very cheap) Magnat Tempus 33. The boosted treble response took getting used to, but the sub bass extension is superb for bookshelf speakers and everything I throw at it sounds at least decent and enjoyable, even at higher volumes. They are still detailed enough to put a smile on my face when listening to super high quality recordings/mixes, but "bad" enough to gloss over most of the imperfections of bad ones.
They are not small tho, so not suitable for every desk.
I have a second workspace (a small desk in the corner of a room) and just yesterday installed a pair of iLoud micro monitors there and so far I'm impressed by them, the bass extension is crazy for the small footprint (of course amplified by placing them in a corner). However they are more accurate and revealing than my Magnats and therefore are not that kind to bad mixes, but I still quite like them. Time will tell if I can get used to that, it's not my main setup anyway.
Amazon Prime HD Music is excellent ----You should avoid youtube/spotify like the plague for listening to music, you better use use Tidal/Qobuz in their paid version. Yes, it happens that I randomly find something interesting on youtube: that is the moment I immediately look for it in the flac version
I've never tried Amazon music, but I'm sure it is as you say. The point is that listening to spotify or youtube (due to their unbearable lossy compression) is a torture for music lovers. Low bitrate for audio files is so 2013...Amazon Prime HD Music is excellent ----
Yes - Amazon has two levels of service.I've never tried Amazon music, but I'm sure it is as you say. The point is that listening to spotify or youtube (due to their unbearable lossy compression) is a torture for music lovers. Low bitrate for audio files is so 2013...
Those low quality sources aren't as low quality as you seem to be concerned for.So I can EQ low-quality sources to sound better? Like sometimes with my headphones I get a crackling or distortion sound from YT videos that I wouldnt pick up on my Klipsh speakers (since they were lower quality)