Home Audio vs. Pro Audio

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  1. Matthew Will

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    Whats the difference?

    I realize I wouldn't need to tune the subwoofer as low for pro audio compared to home audio but is there any other difference? Perhaps how pro audio speakers are covered in carpet while home audio is stain? Let me know though. Matt
     
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    Pro audio is primarily for use by musicians or clubs/bars etc. In general pro audio needs to be more durable because its constantly being handled and moved around. There is no need for fancy looks. The carpeting material you mention is probably very durable and will stand up to some abuse.

    Also pro audio is usually more effecient in terms of db/watt. This is because it often needs to fill a larger room/venue.

    Kartal
     
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    Why does home audio not have the same efficiency for db/watt? Does this sacrafice sound quality in doing that? How do they get the higher db/watt efficiency? Thanks. Matt
     
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    Kartal was right about the durability issues..

    Don't mistake Pro Audio Studio Monitors for Sound
    Reinforcement Monitors though.

    Generaly speaking sound reinforcement speakers and DJ gear
    is not the best sound quality simply because you are not
    nearfield the goal is LOUD not really clean..

    Now Pro Audio Studio Monitors on the other hand can make
    good home speakers in a lot of cases.

    Studio Monitors are used for recording/mastering they are
    used near field and they are used for critical listening.

    I would say Studio Monitors tend to use better drivers than
    Sound Reinforcement gear (I am sure there are exceptions to
    that..)
     
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    Some home audio speakers have similar sensitivities as pro audio. Klipsch is the most salient example of this.

    My dream home theater is powered M&K Pro speakers all around w/ some SVS Ultra.
     
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    So then how should I go about designing a pro audio speaker for the home? My situation is I'm going to be using these to run a set of electronic drums through. I'd like them to be loud enough to practice with a band while in my basement. I don't need to worry about the conditions, as mentioned, that most pro audio speakers go through. They will be indoors at all times and will not be traveling very much. So am I really designing home audio speakers just with extreme volumes? What should I look into doing? I posted something in the DIY section asking if maybe a pair of monitors with 8" drivers and a tweeter or a pair with two smaller mids and a tweeter in each would be better. Here's the link to that discussion. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=127193

    What do you guys suggest I do? I am on a budget but I can build these myself. As I said in the other discussion, I need to be able to feel the drums, not just hear them. This goes for the mids, not just the bass. Matt
     

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