How do your monitors measure up? Why does it matter so much? Why does it matter to be on or close to par when collaborating over the www? I am just starting a project with someone quite affluent in my circle. He's heard about me, asked for some help but after a few minute of hearing his work, I'm now thinking its time to back out. He's good enough at recording and mixing to be fun, but dangerous. Sound familiar? From what I'm hearing, he has some good gear and really inefficient monitoring. When he was in my studio the other day he said, wow, my mix sounds much better here than at home. He's now he's back home waiting for my mix, a mix that will sound good in his studio, not mine. Follow me. I asked for a few tracks before I commit to anyone. I highly recommend this. How in the world can anyone attempt to successfully online collaborate when you have two completely different levels of monitoring environments. Is it possible? I used to think it didn't matter as much but I dunno anymore. You'll never be able to agree on certain aspects of a mix . The reason why studios passed music to mastering houses has long been appreciated and insisted upon. The professional set of sonic standards was a logical step as it not only gave us a second set of ears, it also was the right balance needed to make it all fit into mainstream. Once it left your studio, it wasn't up to you to question it. You understand why and left that up to the next step of the process. To have a successful collaboration both parties MUST has similar playback environments. Otherwise, how are you ever going to agree? What do you do? Have you even thought about this?