The Audioengine A5+ are advertised as 'powered' and not active speakers.
I'm not mentioning that because it's a problem (I have heard they are excellent and they get great reviews) but because this thread is about active speakers so - technically - the A5s aren't the same thing.
I'm not the one looking for actives to go in a bedroom. That was Almakaatz. I can't see him going for 'powered' speakers somehow
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Apple iPad Mini • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
As I am looking into optios for small actives to use in the bedroom, some more models appear on the radar:
B&O BeoLab 4 (and 4pc). Class d actives, replaceable covers, signal sensing power on, minijack input, 4 inch bass driver, wall and floor stands, a bit expensive, distinct looks.
As good as the Beolab 4s are (I have heard them and they were impressive, sounding way better than a Meridian M80), I didn't like the fabric covering.
Like the B&W Zeppelins, they are dust magnets and you would be continuously washing their 'socks'. (The staff at the Loewe Galerie' in Chichester - where I last heard them - said this was a problem with their display/demo B4s even though the place was spotless to almost cleanroom standards!)
The B&Os also seem to only have one 3.5mm minijack connection with no options for USB or optical.
The Ruarks look a good prospect except it's not clear yet if they are active or powered. (The WHF blurb doesn't make this clear.) Again, only a minijack connection.
Kef X300As are more powerful, a bit bigger, and have 24 bit/96khz capable USB connection to their own internal DAC as well as 3.5mm minijack. (And are true active designs.)
The KEFs are class A/B though, so they will get warm (heatsinks) and burn more electricity. They don't look very nice though. (I saw them last week in my local Audio-T).
One day someone will make stylish, class D powered, true active speakers with USB/optical/wireless connectivity (and some useful DSP settings) that are easy to keep clean.
The solution is to buy a pair of the relatively cheap, but very nice covers for them that B&O supply as an accessory. The covers are available for most speakers in the B&O portfolio including the Beolab 4's - I have a pair for my Lab 9's.
The inputs on the Beolab 4's will take an line in from a PC, or you have the so called B&O powerlink input (8 pin DIN) which you can use via one of the preamps in one of the B&O TV's, sound systems, or as a standalone solution with an playmaker - which is WiFi + very high quality DAC - aypically one would stream to it from an android or iDevice.
Interesting new (launched end of Jan) ADC/DAC/Headphone/Pre with remote from CYP for anyone considering actives.
CYP AU-D250 around £440
1 x HDMI (audio breakout/video bypass)
1 x optical
1 x coaxial
1 x USB
2 x Analogue (RCA and 3.5 mini-jack)
1 x HDMI (embedded audio + video)
1 x Optical
1 x Coaxial
2 x Analogue (RCA and Balanced XLR)
1 x 6.35 headphone jack
JVC DLA-X30•Grandview Cyber Series (92")•LG 50PX990•Oppo BDP-93•Humax Foxsat HDR•Humax HDR-Fox T2•Vu+ Solo²•Roku 3•Sonos Connect•Onkyo TX-NR818•Mackie HR824 MK2•BK Monoliith DF•Drobo 5N
Sonos Connect•Studiospares Seiwin 5A
RPi•Fostex PC-100USB•Studiospares Seiwin SN-4A
Very interesting (and useful).
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Interesting new (launched end of Jan) ADC/DAC/Headphone/Pre with remote from CYP for anyone considering actives. CYP AU-D250 around £440
Inputs: 1 x HDMI (audio breakout/video bypass) 1 x optical 1 x coaxial 1 x USB 2 x Analogue (RCA and 3.5 mini-jack) Outputs: 1 x HDMI (embedded audio + video) 1 x Optical 1 x Coaxial 2 x Analogue (RCA and Balanced XLR) 1 x 6.35 headphone jack
System here http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/my-dream-system-oh-maybe-one-day
Here's a comprehensive list of active speaker manufacturers and links to their websites.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
Just Joint the active speakers club. Got the ATC SCM 50 Active. just another world!! very very happy!
have to adapt the rack to the new small Chrdo pre amp.
OLIVE 06 HD/ CHORD QDB76HDSD DAC / KR AUDIO VA 880 / SONUS FABER CREMONAS M / MERIDIAN i80
thats just awesome. Congrats.
Btw, is there anyone making active dipoles ?
TV room : Samsung 60" plasma-ATV3, -AVI ADM40,/Sonos ZP90,, Sky using Sonos for On Demand, PS3
HiFi : Sonos ZP90 - AVI ADM9 RSS + AVI SUB
Bedrooms : 2 x Sonos Play 3
IPad Mini for Sonos & Spotify / AKG K551
Active Di-pole speakers:
Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / Ortofon MC10 Supreme | Sony DVP-S9000ES
Doge 8 | MiniDSP | Decware Zen / Behringer A500
DIY Active Horns / Keesonic Kolt
Build my own ?
That'd be worst active ever !!!!
pbtw, sorry for going off thread.
The Steinway Lyngdorf ones are Di-Pole/Active IIRC
Agree. Rather get someone who knows what they are doing, do that for me.
Bryston now produces loudspeakers in both active and passive configurations.
They launched the Model T tower:
Passive 6,500 USD
Signature (external crossover - upgradable to active) 8,000 USD
Active (Requires 6 amplifiers) 9,500 USD
M-Audio USB Transit->Benchmark DAC1->Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) / AKG K701
This looks like it could be good for using with active speakers. It has a DAC, a pre-amp and a remote control.
I'd rather have a Beresford for half the price. (Actually I did and it was superb. Probably even better now.)
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