Ok i've been trying to set up a home studio and I have pretty much all I need as far as hardware goes but I have questions about mixing/mastering and studio monitors in general. I have a couple of hangups and questions: 1. I bought a pretty cheap pair of monitors and they are ok but have really done nothing to help my mixes (i know i know, you get what you pay for ..but Im on a budget and I really dont need my mixes to sound SUPER SUPER clean ..i actually dig the "analog" sound anyway, so the sound doesnt have to be perfect). I can get it to sound good on the monitors but as soon as I test it out on some $50 Altec Lansing computer speakers its WAAAAAY too trebley and just overall sounds like *****. So what gives? I thought if you could get a mix sounding good on monitors which are supposed to have an "honest" sound that they should sound good on most all speakers (especially those that are inferior like regular old computer speakers)? I realize my monitors are on the cheaper side but they actually got good reviews from many people for their "flat" sound. But as I said, if I spend 2 hours mixing and finally get them to sound the way I want on the monitors then why would they sound downright AWFUL on other speakers? 2. What is the optimal way of connecting monitors to a computer? For instance, I have a Mac Mini and I use the headphone out jack to plug in the 1/8" plug (with RCA on the other end going into my monitors). Something tells me there is a better way to go. I keep hearing about 2.0 and 5.1 sound. Whats the difference? Is the way I'm plugged in now 2.0? Is 2.0 good enough to do mixes (again, I dont need it to sound like Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or anything)? If not, how do I upgrade a Mac Mini so that I can output "better" or more "high def" sound? Do I need a sound card or something? How do you install that? sorry for the million and a half questions but any replies covering even some of what I asked would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. Peace n love.