No problem , I'm quite aware of the fact your hearing degenerates as you get older, in particular if you're a musician. In fact I have tinnitus: a constant high pitched ring in my ears (particularly left ear). I was tested and do suffer some loss in that ear, but in particular the higher freq's. I'm all right in the low end. Although..... I must say I was dissapointed in the extent medical science is accurate in that sense. Its a pretty rough eq curve on the basis of only a few subjective measurements (whether or not you hear noise with a certain eq and dB's).
I was quite worried about this loss of hearing, but referencing helps out there. The left side of my mixes doesn't have a higher. EQ than the right side (as far as I know). So I don't think my hearing is the problem.
Well that' seems to be true (I'm no expert either), but bass traps do decrease the energy of standing waves, so if there's a limited amount of energy there to start with it should help.
I've been reading Mike Seniors "Mixing Secrets". According to him small monitors acquire a bit more low end with a port, but at the cost of a lot of resonance in the low end. He prefers the limited bass response of the closed Yamaha NS 10's because what you do hear is accurate. Strangely he mentions nothing about sub woofers in his book. So..... I still don't know what to think.
Question: Jonathan (and any one else): do you use a sub in your studio? And if so: all the time, or only to check the bottom end?