The big advantage of 'integrated' active systems is that of money.Paulq said:Apologies for the slight deviation from the thread and also the nature of the question. I am curious for a reason.
With active speakers such as these is there any difference/disadvantage to them being active by means of having their own amplifiers vs (for example, in my case) the 'old' Linn approach of adding active filters to a separate amplifier?
Or are they just two different routes to the same result?
Building everything into the speaker saves a fortune in casework and cables and enables the electronics, crossover, power amps, maybe dsp, to be optimised for that particular model. Amplifiers do not have to be universal, capable of driving an unusual 'difficult' load, they just have to drive the speaker in question, a known load.
Fine tweeking can be easily achieved also, my Adams use a subtle degree of response shaping to make the bass sound more extended than it should be, to very positive effect. Integrated systems can be relatively cheap and very effective, if you want a bit of a shock, try and get to hear a pair of Equator D5s in a hi-fi environment, if you are a fan of the Kef models, you will love these, and at a fraction of the price.