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If actives are better let's put it to the test.

 

Will someone nominate one of the 5 best active speakers ever made.  I'll see if I can come up with a passive speaker that I think might sound at least as good. Then we'll get them together in the same room playing the same pieces of music at the same volumes one after the other. Either sighted or blind. I don't mind which.

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[quote=Thompsonuxb]the active option is not being made difficult its in many cases not practical in the real world, [/quote]

 

Whatwhat?

 

And what are these active speakers of which you speak?

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Alec]</p> <p>[quote=Thompsonuxb]the active option is not being made difficult its in many cases&nbsp;not&nbsp;practical in the real world,<a href="mailto:David@frankharveys">[/quote</a> wrote:

 

Whatwhat?

 

And what are these active speakers of which you speak?

 

The ones that need a plug socke for each box....... :O

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Thompsonuxb]</p> <p>[quote=Alec wrote:

Thompsonuxb]the active option is not being made difficult its in many cases&nbsp;not&nbsp;practical in the real world,<a href="mailto:David@frankharveys">[/quote</a> wrote:

 

Whatwhat?

 

And what are these active speakers of which you speak?

 

The ones that need a plug socke for each box....... :O

 

Ah. Just as I thought. And is that why you're saying they're not practical in the real world?

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If you want to hear a large selection of active speakers (Studio monitors) then go to a professional music store where you will find a boatload to try out. (You will also be able to listen to pro equipment connected to them, however be warned that they are designed to be ruthlessly analytical so the studio engineers can hear every last detail and balance accordingly)

Hope this helps

Bill

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abacus wrote:

If you want to hear a large selection of active speakers (Studio monitors) then go to a professional music store where you will find a boatload to try out. (You will also be able to listen to pro equipment connected to them, however be warned that they are designed to be ruthlessly analytical so the studio engineers can hear every last detail and balance accordingly)

Hope this helps

Bill

It's a damn pity many studios don't listen as closely to their output as their professional equipment would allow :wall:

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busb wrote:

It's a damn pity many studios don't listen as closely to their output as their professional equipment would allow :wall:

ROFL I think you'd find a lot of people who work in studios would be quite willing to take you to task over that.  Try saying that on a forum where people actually make the music and you'll be laughed out the door, and unfortunately it shows great ignorance as to what goes on in a studio, and then more importantly what goes on afterwards, especially with regards to the record companies and their ridiculous demands.

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chebby wrote:

Are you aware that the vast majority of the hi-fi / audio buying public are not 'technical' by education or occupation? Are you also aware that they have no contact with technically literate opinion formers? (And would, quite sensibly, run a mile to avoid contact with one in the process of purchase.)

A small number will pick up a magazine to assist their decision. An even smaller number will encounter a hi-fi salesman in a specialist shop, but most will have no idea of this debate and will, at best, decide on the basis of price, looks and a shelf demo in a large store or (far more likely) make an online purchase.

You can 'educate' all you like. No-one, in any numbers that will make a difference, will hear you. 

Price, looks, market forces, national advertising, a friend's system, lifestyle pressures and compatibilty with existing kit like computers, phones and tablets will determine what gets bought.  The customer doesn't give a #### whether it's active, 'powered' , passive or dancing on the table singing 'Paddy McGinty's Goat'.

 

 

Great post - so true!

Quite agree. Myself I never did like putting all of my eggs in one basket.

If a problem developes with one of my speakers I do have a spare set I could use if main pair need to be sent off for repair. Ergo I still have a viable sound system.

Try doing that if you have actives. Smile

 

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Al ears wrote:

If a problem developes with one of my speakers I do have a spare set I could use if main pair need to be sent off for repair. Ergo I still have a viable sound system.

Try doing that if you have actives. Smile

Do you have spare amps too?

How 'viable' is that system should the amp go belly up?

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daveh75 wrote:

Al ears wrote:

If a problem developes with one of my speakers I do have a spare set I could use if main pair need to be sent off for repair. Ergo I still have a viable sound system.

Try doing that if you have actives. Smile

Do you have spare amps too?

How 'viable' is that system should the amp go belly up?

Depends if it's a Rega or not.

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I don't think it is a matter of better or worse. Active vs passive.

its just a matter of what sort of sound you enjoy listening to music on.

Personally I like both . 

I do think vocals on active speakers are clearer 

 

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daveh75 wrote:

Do you have spare amps too?

Three.

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John Duncan wrote:

daveh75 wrote:

Do you have spare amps too?

Three.

 

That's just weird. But when did you move in with Al ears?

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It would be more hassle to sell them on eBay than the money I would get for them.  Arcam Alpha 2 (20 quid), Denon mini system receiver (nothing), Yamaha DSP-AX620 (50 quid).  I might press the Yamaha into service one day for surround (though it doesn't sound as good as a proper stereo amp*) if I can ever find the remote...

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Alec wrote:

John Duncan wrote:

daveh75 wrote:

Do you have spare amps too?

Three.

 

That's just weird. But when did you move in with Al ears?

If he did then he kept it very quiet. Smile

Answer = Yes. There is an old Roksan in the loft somewhere.

 

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