Settled on Adam Ax5 for my first proper home studio monitors, thanks for all the advice. Looking for a suitable pair of earphones to go with that, hopefully not much more than $250-$350 price range. I see some great pairs like the available like the Neumann NDH 20 (My present prefered choice, although a bit pricey), but this has a 5hz to 30khz response (some other models going up to 40khz), that's way higher and lower than a human can hear - will it make a difference? Is there an optimal range for the audio spectrum covered, so I'm not paying extra for frequencies that nobody can actually hear? Also, is the maximum decibel level important, I can see 96 up to 114 on various models, not plannign on listening to or mastering up to anywhere near that loud, haha.
Speaks and earphones for over £1k - what an industry 🙂