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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    A good mix will translate to just about any playback device.
    It really is this simple. Make it sound the best it can on the best system you can.

    Sure, it helps to preview it on several other systems too just to make sure nothing sticks out, but don't strain yourself.

    Here are some rock-bottom systems that your listeners are likely to be using that you could test your mix against:
    - built-in tablet/phone speakers
    - phone in a plastic cup in a noisy environment
    - single ear bud (this is my preference - add in a busy road on the opposite side for extra pizazz!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    A good mix will translate to just about any playback device.
    Yeah this. You shouldn't even need to consider it if your mix and master is good.
    My home studio ---> www.nerolstudio.com

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    The tricky part about getting a mix that translates is knowing if it's a good mix. For that you need a reliable monitoring situation, a good set of monitors in a good room, and you need listening skills. Reference tracks can help.

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    I don't think you can specify a "bluetooth" mix since it doesn't take into account the codecs used or the speaker system. Even specifying SBC as the default/Lowest Common Denominator codec, its not going to be significantly worse than an MP3 file, as the data rates are similar.

    More important is the actual transducer system, since that will ultimately determine the quality. A TV soundbar will not sound like a pair of earbuds, or an aptX HD based bluetooth receiver feeding a high end audio streaming system. All three can be using the same "bluetooth" transmission method. (On the other hand, I doubt that someone who has built a system with Wilson Wamms, a pair of Krell monoblocks and Cardas cables is going to feed it from their $100 Samsung Galaxy phone.)

    In the end, bluetooth is merely a lossy encoding process like WMA, MP3 or AAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    The tricky part about getting a mix that translates is knowing if it's a good mix. For that you need a reliable monitoring situation, a good set of monitors in a good room, and you need listening skills. Reference tracks can help.
    A few thousand (or more like 10 or so thousand) hours of experience doesn't hurt either.
    My home studio ---> www.nerolstudio.com

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