John Darko’s take on studio speakers and acoustics (Part 1)


It’s finally here!!

My interview with JOHN DARKO, where he answers all the questions that YOU submitted on speakers, acoustics and all the intricacies and subtleties that only someone with as much listening experience as John can know.

So first of all: Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a question!

In fact I got so many that I decided to make this a two-parter.

In Part 1 we discuss:

  • What audiophiles should know about mixing engineers
  • What to look for to get excellent sound imaging
  • Do measurements tell us how a speaker sounds?
  • What recording qualities ensure good sound on most speakers?
  • How much of what we hear is speaker, how much is the room?
  • How much treatment to hear the real difference between speakers?
  • The most common difference between high end speakers
  • Recommendations for reference tracks for mixing
  • Does mood affect how something sounds?
  • Coaxial driver layout vs standard speakers designs
  • Acoustics advice/recommendations based on John’s experience
  • Minimum price for speakers before investing in acoustics
  • Opinions on active bass traps like the AVAA C214

This was a really fun conversation with a trusted friend. And you can tell because we really dove DEEP into this ice berg of a nerdy subject.

Also keep an ear out for an announcement on my part on the PSI AVAA C214… ;)



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