Hi Fi Hi End Verses Pro Audio Specs

I have been a pro Electric bassist for over 50 years.
I also have done work as a sound man and have recorded in Studio
Also worked in Hi Fi and video sales and as a musical instrument Repair tech.
I have also worked for ADS Speaker Co in Wilmington,Ma.
I have always had this saying in the back of my head and would like to hear from the Hi end community.
Pro Audio vs Hi End Hi Fi.
When music is Recorded live or in Studio it is Music Production.
All Hi Fi no matter how expensive exotic or otherwise is The Reproduction of Music.
They have two different Electrical standards.
Knowing this and Knowing both Pro audio equipment and Consumer.
My vision of this hobby is to have a system that is a crossover between Hi fi and pro Audio.
I am seeking  a Particular sound as well as purity and design.
I would like to hear from the community.
Who uses Hi Fi mixed with Pro Audio in there systems?

The majority of my experience pushing into the Pro side is with actively crossed speaker systems. I have also done limited work with other components suitable for studio. Imo, the conclusion I have reached to this point is that actively crossed systems may best passive speaker systems, but it is not a given. It all depends upon the speakers being compared and the equipment and cabling used. I have not found an across the board superiority of actively crossed speaker systems regardless of the other variables. 

i.e. You could take a well assembled active speaker system and compare to a passive speaker system of a different genre, i.e. ESL, and you may prefer one or the other, regardless of the domestic or Pro leanings of the speaker systems. I have not found the Pro gear I have used to be holistically superior to other domestic HiFi components. It's better than some, but not others. 

So, you're looking for gear for a rig? Take a glance at what I have reviewed over the years for Dagogo.com, and my system here, and if you have questions, comments, feel free to contact me. You may find one of my more recent explorations in speaker systems with what I call the Landscape Orientation of the PureAudioProject Trio15 Horn 1 Speaker to be of interest, given that you are coming from a Pro background.  :) 


ATC and PMC speakers serve both markets. Audiophile and studios (the really high end of pro-audio). ATC are well known for sounding exactly the same in the studio as they do in their domestic line. Same drivers and same electronics. The best sounding systems in the world are the main monitors in multi-million $ studios. They are used to impress clients. Blackbird Studios in Nashville is a typical example which you can find by googling.

Bass players like Sting and Roger Waters have used ATC for years, as have countless other musicians.

Here is a list


my current setup


I had several systems in the past with used gear from studios in LA as well as Minneapolis.
Great Info Gents.
There are so many choices at all levels.
For me I am looking to assemble a home system that has the sound i grew up with.
I love the sound of the late 60s thru the 70s.
I currently own several Pair of ADS Speakers including a very rare pair of BC8 Broadcast monitors.
I have always loved the sound of JBL such as 4311/12s
There big guys such as 4344s are killer for anything.
While on tour back in 79 I spent a week at The Resorts international Hotel Atlantic city.
The house sound system in the room they had the miss America pageants used all JBL 4355.
What a Sound.
I would the sound at home in a small configuration.
ATC and PMC are great speakers.

A pair of well restored JBL Century 100's will blow away those ADS's and the ADS's are good.

Also,the MAIN thing to remember here coming from LIVE/STUDIO side is that in Hi-Fi ...DISTORTION of any kind is bad and far less tolerated in home stereo. So a lower powered musically appealing amp (adcom) would be much more desirable than a high powered (hammer your ear drums to fatigue hell) (Carver magnetic field design) amp.

Matt M                    P.S. no offense to Bob Carver....lol
I very much agree.
I love the sound of JBL
I have never had any experience with Adcom.
I love Carver especially TFM series of Power Amps.
I used to sell ADS and Yamaha which i thought where a very good Match.
I am very curious about Tubes for a Home system.