Since so much music is consumed on a phone these days, it seems wise to include that in my considerations. Honestly, it probably even replaces the time honored “car test,” or at the very least gives it a run for its money.
In this particular thread I’m talking about the mobile device playback itself. Optimizing for Spotify, YouTube, etc. is a different cat to skin (if you happen to be into hairless felines).
I naturally expect to hear a subset of what my studio monitors give me when I listen on my iPhone or iPad. I test both with the speakers and with earbuds. Regarding the latter, I’ve also noticed that a newer set of buds massively hypes the bass compared to a couple of other pair I have, so buds are yet another X factor. The quality from iGizmos can be pretty good, especially compared to some of the crap stereo gear (both home and car) I owned back in the 70s. Still, it’s a different environment than listening on a home stereo.
I’m sure many of you mix with this reality in mind, and I’m interested in your approach to mobile mixes. Do you do separate, dedicated mixes for mobile devices? One single mix that’s good for all scenarios? Perhaps the same mix but a different mastering chain (for those who don’t outsource the mastering process)?