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I just picked up a pair of Audioengine A5+ powered bookshelves for my bedroom and while they sound great for the money ($279), I was wondering if I'd be better off spending the same amount on a pair of passive bookshelves (was thinking of using my existing Onkyo TX-SR502 unless it's a bad idea).

 

So far what I've considered:

 

Keeping the A5+  (They do sound quite pleasant)

 

Buying one of:

 

Focal 705V

Polk Audio RTI A1

Polk Audio Monitor 40

 

What do you lads think? Would I be better served by using my existing receiver and a pair of passive bookshelves, or keeping my A5+?

 

Thanks in advance!
 

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I'd say keep the A5+ if you are happy with the sound/volume output. Having active speakers eliminates the clutter of having an external amp and the A5+ would probably be " tuned " better than a similar setup with passive speakers and amp. Generally, the amp, cabinet, and drivers in an active speaker are matched to provide the flattest ( neutral ) frequency curve possible.


There are certainly better active speakers than the A5+ out there but you'll also pay more for them.
 
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