Originally Posted by cel4145
Yes. And powered speaker manufacturers are quick to throw that out as marketing rhetoric. To quote you, "too many variables" in the potential design differences among powered speakers; otherwise, the $300 powered monitors would sound like $1000 ones. For all we know there are crap drivers in a powered speakers at a given price point, and excellent drivers in a passive speaker. Thus, any slight benefits in the electronics offer negligible improvements.
It's theory. But without listening tests--because measurements alone don't tell us whether or not we like one speaker setup over another--you cannot know for sure that at a given price point, that there is better sound. It's just a guess.
Geez. When will all the objectivists apply critical thinking to this
Yes, Captain Obvious, each speaker needs to be looked at individually. There are crap powered monitors and crap passives. There are superb active speakers and superb passive designs. Happy?
The OP asked a very specific question about whether powered speakers were "almost as good as" passives. The answer is, all else equal
they have the potential to be as good as or better than a passive version.
You blow in and tell Arny he's wrong because you have compared comparably priced actives (presumably built by a completely different manufacturer) to what you currently own and they were not "better" in your opinion, just different.
What did you expect? Did you even compare them in the same room?
And you want ME
to apply critical thinking to the OP's questions? LMFAO.