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Shall we have a thread dedicated to active speakers - news, reviews, links, pics, your experiences, comparisons, auditions, applications etc.
Keep it useful, please.

I'll start with a recent demo of a new entry - Dynaudio Xeo. Not only they are active but wireless too. At the moment wireless transmission is limited to 16/44 but i was told they are working on an hd version, presumably 24/96 or 24/192.

Sound-wise they sounded excellent (xeo 3 heard) with good dynamics if a tiny bit boomy compared to e.g. Atc 50a or avi adm9s, very similar sound to dynaudio 100a.

The multiroom functionality is very interesting as it potentially gets them to compete with Systems like Sonos but I do not have full understanding of how all the zones, inputs and controls work in a Xeo setup. E.g. I understan I can play same or different music in 3 zones and can control volume individually but it is not clear if I can have master volume control for all zones at once.

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Well, you're an optimist, I'll say that much for you...

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Our Xeo 3's turned up today, and I'm just finding somewhere to put them! Great isn't it? A speaker that's a bit more versatile in where we can set them up, and I can't find anywhere.... excellent!

Did you hear them with the bungs in or out AlmaataKZ? I'm guessing they were out, so using them will have tightened them up somewhat.

Each pair of Xeos come with their own remote control that will control that pair of Xeos, but each remote has A/B/C buttons on them so that any remote can control any pair of Xeos in use. The transmitters have three 'channels' to choose from, so they can supply any of three different pairs of Xeos. So in theory, the transmitter plugged itno a main system can be switched on the back to supply anyone of three pairs around the house.

I'll need to double check, but I think I recall the rep saying that there was a 'party mode' as well, sending the same signal to all of them.

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Good thread... Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the XEO3. 

 

I owned a pair of M-Audio BX5's (gave them to my younger brother) which I find to be excellent value for money, so I see the benefit of a pair actives. 

 

I think I'd be interested in seeing HiFi mags (like WHF) reviewing pro audio active speakers. It would be intriguing to see what they think of the likes of Genelec, Focal Pro, Dynaudo Pro, Mackie, Adam Pro, M-Audio, etc...

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The_Lhc wrote:

Well, you're an optimist, I'll say that much for you...

I'm staying out of it.

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A seperate forum would be a good idea rolling on the floor laughing

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The_Lhc wrote:

Well, you're an optimist, I'll say that much for you...

Always!

Edit:

NOTE FOR THREAD CONTRIBUTORS:

This thread is intended as a place to exchange information about active speakers and their application as part of home A/AV. 

Please be collaborative, as objective as possible and refrain from emotional/personal bias.

Exchange of technical knowledge and explanations are  encouraged, as well as pictures of actives (in your set-up or generic). 

Anyone who is interested in actives is welcome!

The minimum expected from this thread is a list of available active speaeker models, especially domestic and sanely priced ones.

Enjoy!

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John Duncan wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

Well, you're an optimist, I'll say that much for you...

I'm staying out of it.

 

This will be a useful, civil and positive thread with a touch of healthy pragmatism. There will be no fighting. Please join in.

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Can the party mode control volume in all zones simultaneously like on Sonos?

 

Re bungs - I think there weren't any when I heard them.

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AlmaataKZ wrote:
This will be a useful, civil and positive thread with a touch of healthy pragmatism. There will be no fighting. Please join in.

 

AlmaataKZ wrote:
This will be a useful, civil and positive thread with a touch of healthy pragmatism. There will be no fighting...

 

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AlmaataKZ wrote:

This will be a useful, civil and positive thread with a touch of healthy pragmatism. There will be no fighting.

Because I'm staying out of it?

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John Duncan wrote:

AlmaataKZ wrote:

This will be a useful, civil and positive thread with a touch of healthy pragmatism. There will be no fighting.

Because I'm staying out of it?

No just hope we can manage a thread without fighting.

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Contributive posts very welcome.

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Sospri wrote:

A seperate forum would be a good idea rolling on the floor laughing

That would actually be a good idea. Just a nice little place for discussing the latest active speakers.

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Oh dear...

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I will edit this post with more manufacturers of active speakers, with some focus on those who have domestic versions.

Pro models only:

Genelec

Krk

Mackie

Acoustic Energy

Focal (except ????? desktop) or do they have domestic?

Barefoot

Yamaha

Behringer

Event

Pioneer

Ds peaker

Se munro

 

Pro and domestic models:

ATC

Dynaudio

Adam audio

Pmc

 

Domestic only models:

AVI

B&O

B&W (desktop model only)

Audio pro

Meridian