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Are active speakers a good idea?

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AEJim

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Oh, what a silly omission on their part, really!
A choice more than an omission really - which speaker would you aim the remote at? What if they're too far apart so the remote can only operate one speaker at a time? Would you have one remote for each independent speaker or add additional cabling with an umbilical cord between the two to ensure synchronised control? How long should that cable be? How would it work as a 5.1 system? Would you add a digital display on the front so you could see a volume readout? Would you avoid some of these issues by using a Bluetooth remote and the complexity/cost that adds to the design? Maybe use app control and manage every device format that has to work on and their own library access/update/store requirements leading to potentially frustrating reliability issues?

In the end, after MUCH debate about remotes, connectivity, wireless etc. we decided to keep the speaker as simple and pure as possible, concentrate on sound quality/reliability and leave volume control down to the source which can be chosen for functionality to the user's needs. (y)
 

manicm

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It makes a difference if you don't have a preamp
Are you joking???? The AE1 Actives NEED a preamp. Or are you just being argumentative to kick off the weekend?

The AE1 has no other inputs for sources. If you want to add a source you need a normal preamp, or a source with a preamp, be that a streamer or DAC with volume control.

Otherwise the AE1 is just very expensive furniture.
 
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muljao

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Are you joking???? The AE1 Actives NEED a preamp. Or are you just being argumentative to kick off the weekend?

The AE1 has no other inputs for sources. If you want to add a source you need a normal preamp, or a source with a preamp, be that a streamer or DAC with volume control.

Otherwise the AE1 is just very expensive furniture.
Excuse me. I don't argue with anyone on the internet. A bit of tongue in cheek sarcasm is not a personal insult or the start of an argument. We're only talking about electronic components here. Please lighten up

The original point was that the dac supplied that the op had didn't have a vol control afaik. I made the point I'd reconsider because of this but another member here thought they (the speakers)may have a vol control. Now that I've said this you might see the context to the answer I gave to your post.

Have a nice weekend, I intend too
 
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manicm

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Excuse me. I don't argue with anyone on the internet. A bit of tongue in cheek sarcasm is not a personal insult or the start of an argument. We're only talking about electronic components here. Please lighten up

The original point was that the dac supplied that the op had didn't have a vol control afaik. I made the point I'd reconsider because of this but another member here thought they (the speakers)may have a vol control. Now that I've said this you might see the context to the answer I gave to your post.

Have a nice weekend, I intend too
But that's not a weakness of the AE1. If that was sarcasm on your part - it was of the watered and muddy variety.
 

plastic penguin

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This is my personal view.

Firstly, I've not heard any actives but after reading copious of threads on various forums, it seems to be split between two camps: The 'Pro' camp is they love the clarity, imaging and detail of what a well constructed active can give you. Or there's the 'Con' camp where they tend to say, generalising, they can sound analytical. Perhaps, if you take the latter, over long listening sessions maybe they can sound a little sterile.

I don't really know, but that's my hunch. That said, I would love to hear a pair of AE1 actives. My system errs on the emotional side of the music... involving and makes you feel warm and cozy, even though the overall tonal presentation is fairly neutral.

Horses for courses.
 
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