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RE: Active hifi speakers or active studio monitors?

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Which would you think better, though, active monitors, or active hifi speakers?

The only active HiFi speakers that I've heard were the ADM9T's which I prefer to any of the active monitors in the same price range.

 

The 6.5" Genelec 8040A and Quested S7R models are on a par quality wise but they're also a bit more expensive too. That's not to say that expensive models such as the Genelec 8260A or Quested V2108 aren't better though.

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I agree. I've heard the Event Opals and they're shockingly good. A fair bit better than all of the passive speakers I've heard in fact. The only speakers that I've heard that were noticabilly better than the Opals are the Genelec 8260A and Quested V2108. I haven't heard the ADM40's but the old ADM9T's with the sub would probably give the Opals a run for their money too.

 

As for actives removing the life from the music...  :roll:

IMO the clearer sound of a good pair of actives allows you to hear the music better which gives it more 'life' not less.

I'd have to do a direct comparison to say if the ADM40s were better or not.  I have done a direct comparison between the 9Ts and sub (I have my cousins here while he moves house) and Opals though, and it's the Opals to me.  Having said that, even though I think there is a fair margin, for some music I prefer the 9Ts and sub.  The 9rss and sub would be a much closer run thing and might swing the other way.  I think it's probably for the best if I don't hear the 8260A's!  You've got me intrigued though...  :doh:

 

I could not agree more with your last sentence.

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I heard lots of different systems, for me I always felt the passive systems were getting in the way of the music.

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Yes and if you'd bothered to check my previous posts on actives, you'd know how much I really believe that.  Not.

 

I didn't bother as your statement stood alone and made no reference to previous comments.

Besides, I could not care less what you've said in the past.

 

Interestingly there was a news piece on this site not long ago about Genelec bringing their active speakers to a home environment.  There are many factors that go into purchasing audio equipment, performance is just one of many.  For the home environment aesthetics are important and it seems Genelec realise this. 

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I heard lots of different systems, for me I always felt the passive systems were getting in the way of the music.

What active systems did you audition, though, professional monitors or hifi actives?

I've only heard some high end Linn active speakers and (briefly) some Meridians, so it isn't a fair comparison, but thought the monitors I auditioned the other day were still some way off, although the baby Adams showed potential.

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steve_1979 wrote:

I agree. I've heard the Event Opals and they're shockingly good. A fair bit better than all of the passive speakers I've heard in fact. The only speakers that I've heard that were noticabilly better than the Opals are the Genelec 8260A and Quested V2108. I haven't heard the ADM40's but the old ADM9T's with the sub would probably give the Opals a run for their money too.

 

As for actives removing the life from the music...  :roll:

IMO the clearer sound of a good pair of actives allows you to hear the music better which gives it more 'life' not less.

I'd have to do a direct comparison to say if the ADM40s were better or not.  I have done a direct comparison between the 9Ts and sub (I have my cousins here while he moves house) and Opals though, and it's the Opals to me.  Having said that, even though I think there is a fair margin, for some music I prefer the 9Ts and sub.  The 9rss and sub would be a much closer run thing and might swing the other way.  I think it's probably for the best if I don't hear the 8260A's!  You've got me intrigued though...  :doh:

It's always tricky trying to compare speakers when you hear them in different shops and on different occasions.

 

The 8260A's are mighty impressive but I wouldn't want to live with them because of their size and uglyness.

 

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the record spot wrote:

Yes and if you'd bothered to check my previous posts on actives, you'd know how much I really believe that.  Not.

 

I didn't bother as your statement stood alone and made no reference to previous comments.

Besides, I could not care less what you've said in the past.

 

Interestingly there was a news piece on this site not long ago about Genelec bringing their active speakers to a home environment.  There are many factors that go into purchasing audio equipment, performance is just one of many.  For the home environment aesthetics are important and it seems Genelec realise this. 

 

Seeing as the post you refer to directly quoted the one to which I'd responded originally to highlight the broad brush nature of its sweeping cliched generalisation with one of my own in return, it looks like you don't delve too deeply into the rationale behind a post, but hey, I doubt I need to care too much about your input here.  

Interestingly, Genelec's gear would fit in with most moden homes, their recent range aside.  The 6010a was available (I think) in white too as well as the standard grey finish and probably isn't much different in size.

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The 8260A's are mighty impressive but I wouldn't want to live with them because of their size and uglyness.

 

I've always thought Genelec's styling was more interesting than any actives that have a more conventional boxy/bland hifi appearance.  

I rather like the styling and while the 8240 is on the big side, the likes of the 8030a and 8040a are more living room friendly.

Another winner for me in the styling stakes was Acoustic Energy's AE22 Active.  Loved the bold styling of that one even though AEJim's not its' biggest fan!  Smart finish and apparently brilliant sounding speaker.

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steve_1979 wrote:

The 8260A's are mighty impressive but I wouldn't want to live with them because of their size and uglyness.

 

I've always thought Genelec's styling was more interesting than any actives that have a more conventional boxy/bland hifi appearance.  

I rather like the styling and while the 8240 is on the big side, the likes of the 8030a and 8040a are more living room friendly.

I prefer the look of Genelec speakers to most studio monitors which are usually hideous. But the classic look of normal hifi speakers with wooden veneers and grills are much better IMO.

 

 

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Another winner for me in the styling stakes was Acoustic Energy's AE22 Active.  Loved the bold styling of that one even though AEJim's not its' biggest fan!  Smart finish and apparently brilliant sounding speaker.

I didn't like to AE22's. They look totally wrong IMO. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that though.

 

The Acoustic Energy ProSat and ProSub aren't too bad . They're hardly pretty but they're not so ugly that I couldn't live with them.

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Yes, agreed, although I rather like a bold styling, or something that's out of the ordinary at any rate.  

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I like understated yet individual looking speakers best. I think my Neutrons could do with looking a bit more exciting. Don't get me wrong they're very smart with good quality veneers that make them look expensive but they're a tad plain too.

 

B+W make some very nice looking speakers.

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Yes, they've had some nice finishes in the past.  Rather like the fuss-free fascia to my DC4s as well.  Very clean and easy on the eye (as well as the ear!).

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It would be great if Acoustic Energy made an active version of these together with a matching subwoofer. Dirol

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Adam Artist a relatively inexpensive range of active speakers designed to look good non professional environment.

The baby Artist 3 has a USB digital in and makes a fantastic desktop system, normal analogue inputs too.

The floor standing Artist 6 looks fantastic and can be shipped out of Thomann in Germanny for less than £1k a pair, very fancy able.

 

Can't do a link on the iPad but try;  http://www.adam-audio.com/en/multimedia/products

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Yes, agreed, although I rather like a bold styling, or something that's out of the ordinary at any rate.  

 

 

Drool.

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