OK! I know are a million answers to this question and the right one is "listen to what your ears tell you". So I guess I am just trying to reassure my ears they are right! I have a small home studio set up. It is by no means acoustically sound as it is my living room (or what used to be a living room!). I am using Alesis M1 active near field monitors. I connected an RTA/Equalizer to adjust for the listening position only between my mixer and the monitors. With one push of a button I can bypass the eq to A/B the sound. There is a noticable difference, of course - but should I do this? I know that if one does use an EQ on near fields it should be one with MUCH fewer bands than I am using, but I find that using it does make everything much clearer. The M1's are a bit bass heavy (which I don't mind being a bassist!) - but it makes some things harder to hear in the mix - compared to the eq'd signal. Thanks for your thoughts in advance! Chris P.