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Active Monitors Always... Active!

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by Moonfury, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Moonfury

    Moonfury Active Member

    Hi guys,

    I have a weird question for this forum, I guess, but anyways. I got a pair of behringer truth b2030a (or some kind of that), those are active studio monitors. I just wonder whether it's ok to keep them always on or should I better turn them off, when I don't need 'em? May the constant state of being on damage them?

    Thanks, people, and all the best to ya!
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    This subject get debated in the "audiophile" community where there is a school of thought that leaving a solid state amplifier on all the time is good for the amp. My guess is that it is neither good nor bad - so the biggest consideration is wasting electricity. I turn my monitors off when not in use.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    The truth is, those 'Truth' monitors are entry-level monitors made with low price as more of a priority than component quality. So in your specific case I would be inclined to turn them off when not in use (assuming they do not make a horrible popping or snapping sound when switched on/off). All other things being equal, I would expect shortened electronic component life from long-term heat build up if they were left on all the time.

    If they DO make a horrendous noise, are you observing proper start-up and shut-down sequence? (turning the speakers ON after everything else is powered up, and switching the speakers OFF several seconds before you power down the other equipment.)

    So unless you have a compelling reason not to - turn them off when not in use - it wastes electricity.
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    FWIW....there's no good reason for leaving power on any modern electronic device, it just wastes electricity and adds thermal heat to your space. If you are in and out of your workspace then fine but after your done turn it off...
    There is nothing to burn in or warm up...they come on instantaneously and there ready to go.
    With monitors it's a good idea to turn off things in sequence with volumes turned down to avoid nasty pops.
  5. Moonfury

    Moonfury Active Member

    Thanks, everyone, for your opinions and good luck with your projects ;)
  6. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

  7. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    As with ALL things Behringer, just the state of being on at ALL makes them susceptible to damage!
  8. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    Or may end up damaging you! Lol
  9. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Irrespective of whether or not it's "good" to leave them on for performance reasons, if there's any other gear in your studio that gets power-cycled (eg, mixer, computer, tape deck, outboard gear, MIDI instruments, etc.), then it's probably a prudent idea to turn off the active monitors before you shut that other gear down & turn the monitors on after you turn that other gear on.

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