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Powered Speakers vs Passive Speakers to equipe a home theater room

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Hello

I was wondering if anyone has had experience comparing the following: Dynaudio DBM50 Active Monitor - Dynaudio XEO 3 or KEF LS50

http://dynaudioprofessional.com/bm-series/monitors/dbm50/

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/xeo/XEO_Xeo3.html

http://www.kef.com/html/en/showroom/flagship_hi-fi_series/LS50/overview/

I am looking to equip my room with 11 speakers for DTS NEOX. Do you have a list of benefits vs downside for either system?

Active speakers:

Benefits:
- No need for external amp
- Amp design to match the drivers

Inconvenience
- Need power source for each speaker
- Two wire XLR + power cord


Passive speakers

Benefits
- single cable
- more choices

Inconvenience
- Need amplification for each speaker

Interesting article: "http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_9_4/feature-article-active-speakers-12-2002.html"

Maybe the XEO could be ideal!
Edited by wse - 7/10/12 at 1:26pm
post #2 of 4
Active has a lot of advantages over passive, each driver with its own matched amplifier, an electronic crossover that isn't powered by the amp, etc. Its really only disadvantage is wiring, the need for signal and power to each speaker. However, I wouldn't pass up a good passive over a mediocre active speaker. The overall design is important and that needs to be considered.
post #3 of 4
Plus the fact that all active speakers comes without the front grill though.
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Note that if you don't get an A/V receiver you'll still need many components that usually are found in a receiver. This includes one or more multichannel DACs, a device that does the DTS Neo:X upmixing, and, if you want to use multiple sources, some kind of input switcher.

Of course you can still get a receiver and only use pre-outs. This is the easiest (and only?) way to solve the aforementioned problems, but it does kind of negate the 'not needing an external amp' advantage.
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