Sam Spoons wrote:I... In a professional situation that delay would disrupt the workflow in a negative way and would be undesirable...
See there, I am not alone. Since the EU directive is in the consumer
side of things, I think this is an important feature to bring up in all reviews. Manufacturers do no think of budget monitors as a professional thing, but as a mere hobby side for amateurs, it seems.
I have friends that works in public service radio stations in Sweden, and they use small active monitors just to supervise
the broadcast, to make sure there is no broadcast interruption (ever). They are left with working with these as "background noise" and if they go silent, THEN they view it as an "alarm bell" and rushes to their consoles and tries to find out what is happening. An interruption of more than 5 seconds is considered national security hazard. Like, someone deliberately is sabotaging something down the line. Reverse alarm bell so to speak. They've expressed serious concern about this, as they have to buy new stuff like every 5 years.
But whether I think it's a con (dislike it) or not, I do like more consistency in ANY review, and as we've heard with the Kali user above, who finds it annoying, he couldn't find anything of this in the reviews first. Neither can I. That you have to "scare" the monitor first with a burst of signal/volume, to wake it up.
So the headline of this topic, was opinion on standby that can't be turned off, as well as inconsistency of this mentioning in reviews.
Since more and more of the new active monitors comes with this already implemented. I could just cram in so many words in the headline...it truncates automatically after it being too long. ;)
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I am too, using the monitors for amp sims, Pianoteq software and numerous synth virtual software, and when I am tinkering and dabbling with settings visually, especially tuning up or intonation of guitars, the software automatically mutes output whenever the tuner is engaged. It can very well take more than 20 minutes, and when I turn off the tuner, it is muted and silent and I go "what have I now done...!?!?", thinking I've altered the parameters so much that it produces no sound, and just after whacking the guitar or keyboard with a strong signal it wakes up. The flow is interrupted. As well when I am mixing, one of the A1 formula, is to hear a complete mix at as low volume as possible. You turn it slowly up for detecting "what it the first sound that hits you?" and if it's the hihat, you know that you have to turn it down later in the mix, and so on. You all know that drill.
But now, you know my stance, but leave that aside for a moment, and concentrate on reviews of recent active monitors, which states or not states that auto standby occurs, and how it behaves. I think - if it's not possible to bypass it
- the reviews must
mention it if it works ok, or so so, or bad.
And I've found inconsitstent reviews of this, even in SOS reviews, as well as MusicRadar, and MusicTech reviews.
The main culprit is, that if you let me have a qualified guess at this, is that reviewers has a lot of things to do, and has no patience, and can't pass judgement on a monitor, with sitting idle, at 20 minutes silent, just to make it go into standby mode, and then firing it up again. They hit it with signals all of the time, to pass judgement on it. At loud and proud volumes. Eager, and no patience. ;)