Passive designs can certainly be accurate and "revealing of detail". PMC’s powered (not active) speakers have received glowing reviews in SOS. They also reviewed the AVI Neutron Five 2.1 system. The latter was recommended for mixing and monitoring with consistent results.Grottyash said:Passive systems can be just as revealing as actives
They definitely wouldn’t recommend these passive designs for critical tasks if they lacked accuracy.
Of course, both PMC and AVI (and ATC)* produce active designs higher up their product range. These are more expensive and cited as improved loudspeaker designs.
*All three are commended by SOS for their tonal neutrality and accuracy.
To upgrade the AVI ADM9.1 to ADM9T spec requires removing the amp plate from the left speaker and sending it to AVI for modification. Not what I’d call having “to replace the lot”.Grottyash said:Remember also that upgrading an active system - and the AVIs are price compromised as much as any other system - works out far more expensive than it does for passive systems, as essentially you have to replace the lot.