Originally Posted by LTD02
...and in most cases, particularly for first-timers, passive is likely to provide better performance (less chance of running into gain structure-based noise problems).
Yes, plug and play.... unless the end user has cobbled together one of their own passive crossover disasters using a generic recipe on the internet, without considering driver impedance, driver padding, baffle step effects, and on and on.
On the other hand, with today's powerful DSP amplifiers, it could be as easy as downloading "X" file, uploading to amplifier, making sure the outputs are going to the correct drivers, and ~ voila.
Ask your doctor if DIY is right for you. Side effects of DIY may include anxiety, elevated blood pressure, lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat, skeletal muscle flaccidity, euphoria, psychological dependence, insomnia, confusion, blurred vision, implusivity, uncontrolled or repeated movements.