Random Guitarist wrote:I find myself disagreeing slightly. (but respectfully) I have Focal CMS40s and AE22s. The AE22s are excellent, but after a while they can feel a bit harsh on the ears, so I switch to the focals a lot during the day job.
I'm not at all surprised. The AE22 has a degree of intentional mid-range prominence which is useful when mixing (in a similar way to the famed NS10), but that does become fatiguing and distracting for more casual listening. In contrast, the CMS40 is a very flat and accurate monitor, revealing without exaggerating.
It's a personal thing to a large extent, but I prefer my primary monitors to be flat and neutral, and then use something like an Auratone to assess the midrange focus (usually in mono).
Here are some detailed test reviews of the two speakers you mention from Resolution magazine which illustrate their tonal -- and temporal (ref your cabinet comments) -- differences quite nicely: