Poll

Do you use an active speaker system?

Yes, DIY speakers with digital crossover
7 (18.4%)
Yes, DIY speakers with analog crossover
3 (7.9%)
Yes, passive off-the-shelf speakers modified and using digital crossover
6 (15.8%)
Yes, passive off-the-shelf speakers modified and using analog crossover
2 (5.3%)
Yes, off-the-shelf active speakers
6 (15.8%)
No, I use a passive (crossover)speaker
11 (28.9%)
No, I have no crossover i.e. full range driver
2 (5.3%)
The cat ate my homework
1 (2.6%)

Total Members Voted: 38

Voting closed: 25 May 2011, 04:44 pm

Are you active?

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JayM

Re: Are you active?
« Reply #20 on: 20 May 2011, 12:53 am »
If I may digress...

On my radar - to construct the Linkwitz Pluto, but that depends on other things..
On my radar to buy - Dynaudio Air 25. Simply bloody awesome. Looks as bad as much as how well it sounds.
On my radar to hear - when I get to the US next year... Barefoot MM35 and K&H 0300s.

In my experience, the bang for the buck, across all the music I listen to, can't be beat with actives. I still have my Quad 57s, so I am not wedded to one philosophy over the other, and there's no reason not to enjoy each speaker for the strengths they offer.

re Mackie HR-824 -listened to them and felt precisely as batmanslc2 did.


cmryan21

Re: Are you active?
« Reply #21 on: 20 May 2011, 04:11 am »
I use a pair of jbl lsr4328p in my second setup. Strictly music for that room.

Pez

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #22 on: 20 May 2011, 04:26 am »
Active all the way. I have a set of RM40s with the crossovers ripped out. Using 3 stereo amps via DCX. 2 5 watt DIY amps and one 400-600 watt pro amp. I will never go back to passive. I think there are systems out there that sound good passive, but I invariably hear the crossover and lack of detail among many other things I don't like.

blutto

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #23 on: 20 May 2011, 04:47 am »
...a really full full-ranger would be ideal but that is a very hard, say impossible, driver to design...so the second best option, which is available, but costly, is active...once you've gone down that road, if properly done, its very very hard to go back to passive ( though passive systems with great drivers and shallow slopes do have their charms )...

Cheers

blutto

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #24 on: 22 May 2011, 02:59 am »







3-way active with analog crossover for 20 years.  :thumb:

JLM

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #25 on: 22 May 2011, 12:07 pm »
Prelude,

Very clean/sharp!!!   :thumb:

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #26 on: 22 May 2011, 12:51 pm »
Prelude,

Very clean/sharp!!!   :thumb:
Thanks, :thumb:

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #27 on: 22 May 2011, 01:56 pm »
This horn:
http://www.acoustichorn.com/products/300/

This driver:
http://www.prosoundservice.com/m9/BC-DCX50--b-c-dcx50-coaxial-hf-driver.html

This woofer:
http://www.rcf.it/products/precision-transducers/low-frequency-transducers/l15p530

This cabinet:
http://itishifi.blogspot.com/2010/01/jbl-l200-studio-monitor.html

This digital speaker management device (DP224):
http://www.fmsystems.net/pdf/cutsheet/dp226.pdf

Woofers are directly wired to this amp:
http://www.parasound.com/halo/a23.php

Horns are driven by a Rawson built Aleph J mini.

Preamp is this:
http://www.parasound.com/halo/jc2.php

JBL LE-15B woofers are in storage. All other components in the L-200s are simply bypassed while remaining in their original positions. System was set-up and calibrated by David Wall of Snob Productions.

Total investment including interconnects and speaker wire, in short, everything but sources, came to approximately $8000.

This is a world-class active system that is well within the reach of most of you from a financial standpoint and easily within the skill limits of nearly everyone as evidenced by the fact that I did it.

The only limitation any of you might experience is space. In my experience, you need a good 12 feet between you and the speakers and 15 to 18 feet would be better. If you have 1000 square feet or more, nothing could be better except changing to a bass horn. That requires a lot more floor space  and significantly more money, two things in short supply at my house.
« Last Edit: 22 May 2011, 06:27 pm by macrojack »

jimdgoulding

Re: Are you active?
« Reply #28 on: 22 May 2011, 04:04 pm »
Prelude-  Do carry on with your bad self!  You're a serious man, I see.  Macro, you, too.

bummrush

Re: Are you active?
« Reply #29 on: 22 May 2011, 04:55 pm »
I bet it sounds awesome, heck of a setup!!

doug s.

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #30 on: 22 May 2011, 08:43 pm »
a pair of vmps larger subs below 80hz, driven by a pair of electrocompaniet aw75emb amps.
a pair of modded klipsch lascala bassbins w/15" fostex pro audio woofer driven by a rawson gainclone, from 80hz-250hz.
a pair of oris 150 horns w/decware dfr-8 (modded fostex fe206e) drivers, driven by a cap-upgraded almarro a205a mkll, from 250hz on up.
dsp crossover/eq is a deqx pdc 2.6.




active rules!   :green:

doug s.

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Re: Are you active?
« Reply #31 on: 22 May 2011, 09:10 pm »
Prelude-  Do carry on with your bad self!  You're a serious man, I see.  Macro, you, too.
:thumb: :thumb: