Not quite. It is also having the best amplifier for the drivers, as in one suited to the tweeter and another to the woofer/midrange. Cabinet design and build, bracing and, of course, driver quality are just as important as they are for passive systems.
I asked the question re active speakers sounding the same because it seems to me the AVI brigade (can't think of a better word) seem to forget that, in fact, they can sound as different as passive ones do and only ever recommend one brand.
Ok,thinking abaut passive vs active ,searching web and reading this thread,to my mind poped an idea-ACTIVE CROSSOVER.The Basic idea is- make active speakers from passive ones just adding active crossover and power amp to excisting system,dissconnecting passive crossover from drivers and connecting to it power amps which is connected to active crossover,crossover connected to preamp .Like in this picture.
There is a very detailed description of converting passive B&W 801 speakers to active HERE. I've heard these speakers and thought they were excellent.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
Active speakers will differ in sound. Of course they will, as speakers are the single most difficult part of the sound reproduction chain to get right, however differences will be less pronounced between monitors, as in general, they have all been engineered to be neutral, so the variations between such speakers will not be so pronounced as speakers that are designed to have colouration, ie hifi speakers in general. Some hifi speakers are designed to be neutral, as I suppose are the Kef LS50 (and I'm sure they're just fine BTW). Thus it can be said that monitors (ADM9s included) are generally neutral, or close too.
Again, AVI ADM9s are recommended so much because of the lack of anything else like them, as responses to my earlier question highlight. I would actually imagine that the LS50s would be quite a good alternative to the ADMs, but I've never heard them. The caveat with the LS50s would be that they would seem to need a fairly capable amplifier.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Harbeth has been reviewed by What Hi-fi?
In their Russian edition.
(Page 75, January 2013)
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And ... We're back on topic!
Harbeth also contended in the swedish magazine ´HiFi Musik´ together with two other BBC derivatives (previous issue) . Abroad Harbeth is high end.
Why do you imagine that you know anything about AVI people. If you check, you will find that almost all the people who recommend AVI actually have AVI speakers or have at least heard them/want them.
What are people, who own AVI, supposed to recommend? Perhaps we should recommend something we have never heard rather than something we listen to day in day out. At least then we would put ourselves on the same footing as many AVI detractors.
You really need to stop posting such rubbish, it makes you look a complete fool.
As a matter of interest what hifi do you run yourself?
Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40 also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]
and Grado SR80i
Tellurium Q black XLR
AKG K702 Anniversary
Nice work Chebby. If only I had the space!
And DocG - back on topic? I'll give it another half hour
NaimUniti | Rega RP8 | Dynaudio Xeo 3
Spoke too soon. Back to the playground we go.
We were back on topic from 7:19 to 8:12 p.m. That's nearly one hour!
BTW would you really prefer the 40.1 over the SHL5? I wouldn't... (Hey, we're on topic again!)
Actually the topic was not 'all things harbeth' it was 'why isn't harbeth reviewed in WHF?' All the proper answers had come by reply number 6, so no wonder such a long thread has gone OT.
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
Seriously, I think you'll find the vast majority of posters recommend speakers they've heard to suit the requirements of the questions asked. Some AVI owners do, to, but it seems others are too blinkered. Have you heard other actives and recommended them?
No secret what I own, just do a search. I've also recommended others I don't own but have heard where my particular brand isn't suited, for reasons you'll know when you find out what they are, including Dali, Neat, Harbeth etc.
Did they get five (red) stars?
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In the UK I would (without trying to pee off too many owners) call them a niche product.
...and I don't mean they fit into alcoves!
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