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Monitors: passive or active

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by kidtexas, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. kidtexas

    kidtexas Guest

    I'm looking at getting some monitors soon. Some manufacturers make a passive and active versions of the same model. Specifically, I was thinking of the Dynaudio BM6a ($1700) vs the Dynaudio BM6 + Hafler 3000 ($1300). Is the Hafler just not providing enough power in this situation? Would you be better off getting the BM6's for $850 and spending the difference in price of the BM6's and the BM6a's on a better amp?

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Power Monitors provide bi amp amplification of the speakers where using a single Hafler P3000 would not. Given that alone, if the choice is to be made, going with the powered speakers is the better way. .... Fats
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    Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
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  3. HiString

    HiString Guest

    Would that include HR824's?

    :D :D
     
  4. kidtexas

    kidtexas Guest

    I think for the money, I would skip the Mackies. There are other.... less controversial speakers in the price range :p

    So biamping does give you a noticebly better reproduction. Something to keep in mind.
     
  5. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    It is important to find a good match between amp and speaker. When buying good high end powered speakers this is essentially already done for you.
     
  6. AzureCrystal

    AzureCrystal Active Member

    I just received my first set of powered speakers I ever owned yesterday. I cried and had goosebumps for the rest of the night. Powered and passive speakers are night and day, the manufacturers do a great job of matching the amp with the transducer. I would say powered is the way to go, I've had passive monitors for years and nothing comes close to my experience last night, I was totally blown away....
     
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Stephen,
    That's the bi-amplification that makes the improvement.
    Hi String,
    No not the Mackies. Those Dynaudios are the stuff! ... Fats
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    Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
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