Frequency response required for studio monitors to accurately reproduce all available HD500 tones.
Hello everyone, I am interested in setting up an environment in my home to utilize the HD500 as my primary source to enjoy my guitars. I no longer play in a band environment nor do I participate in any gig's, and I must take into consideration my family and their right not to be infringed or audibly tortured by my hours of noodling with country twang, blues emotion and moments of metal doom.
I have been researching the purchase of studio monitors for about a month now and have read numerous articles with respect to size selection, accuracy and connections. I have read many "suggestion" threads in regards to pairing studio monitors to the HD500 also, but I have not been able to obtain particular information with regards to the range that the HD500 covers in possible frequency and how that would translate to the correct monitor selection. A recent trip to my local Guitar Center introduced more questions as I received several conflicting opinions from their staff.
1. Would it be incorrect to state that that a studio monitor with a 5 inch driver and a frequency range of approximately 50-20 would be limiting the range of tones and frequency's that the HD500 can create?
2. Would it not be wiser to try to determine the frequency range that the HD500 can cover and then try to match the monitors to that range.
3. Does the size of the monitor driver have any correlation to the authenticity of the tone. Example: Would a preset created using a Marshall matched to a 4x12 cabinet sound more faithful with a set of studio monitor's housing an 8 inch driver with a lower frequency range vs. a 5 inch driver equipped monitor with a much higher low frequency spec?
4. Are dynamics and overal depth of sound and tone better with a larger cabinet and driver?
5. Should I take into consideration "dropped tunings" or the possible inclusion of a bass amp model?
The numerous articles that I have read have not touched on any of these issues and mostly followed a guide with respect to the size of the room and the particular music in which the monitors would be used for. But, what about a situation where the HD500 is the primary source and is being used specifically to output it's audio?
I have tried a small tube amp and an active speaker, but I much prefer a pair of studio monitors for their stereo ability and overall sound quality. I like the fact that I can get great sound and tone at low volumes with studio monitors. I am currently using Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers which of course are not studio monitors.
I have viewed several Youtube videos of various setups and they were using monitors with 5 inch drivers. They appeared quite happy with that setup but I wonder if they had given any consideration to frequency ranges.
My concern is that I could limit the HD500 by making an uninformed purchase and thereby limit my enjoyment and/or equipment . I do not have a budget in mind, but I do feel that $500 to $1000 for a pair would be a reasonable investment for my purpose.
Thank you in advance too all that offer an opinion.