John Darko’s take on studio speakers and acoustics (Part 2)


As promised last week, here’s part 2 of my interview with JOHN DARKO to get his take on high end speakers (think hypercars in the speaker world) and room acoustics.

If you didn’t catch part 1 last week, click here

And thanks again to everyone who submitted a question!

No-one I know has heard more speakers than John, so using his breadth of knowledge we talk through the following questions:

  • The general sound of different speaker brands and high end vs budget
  • Tonal differences of cabinet materials
  • How to tell if a speaker is actually better
  • Is 1200€ enough for a speaker to mix and record?
  • Acoustic treatment vs room correction software
  • Match speaker size to room size for best mixing?
  • Do you still need acoustic treatment when using room correction software?
  • Is good sound quality only for the rich?
  • Best split between treatment, speakers, gear and cables
  • How to best learn your new space, speakers and headphones
  • Why aren’t coaxial designs like Geithain seen as reference class?


"How to correctly place your listening position and speakers, no matter what room you're in."

  • Find the correct wall to face in your home studio
  • Optimize the low end and minimize reflection effects
  • Get the distance between wall and speakers right
  • Get a stereo image like on really good headphones

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