Its my understanding that 'active' is powered and has built-in amp while passive is not - a layman's view
But is there an advantage of active over passive? Does the source matter?
If the source is 'digital' mp3 type files vs. cd or records/discs, would active speakers perform better?
Ex: Sonos Playbar is pretty impressive . Also, before you say it, its a zillion times better than Bose, so not comparing them
Why are these speakers so popular nowadays? I see Focal coming up with Easya, Dynaudio trying out with Xeo. Just saw a Kef presentation and the presenter pointed to an iphone as one of the reasons they built an active speaker