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My story with actives was a late discovery one.

I have been into hifi for many years and did a bit of occasional box swapping. I then realised that the best sound I hear was in cinemas. I noticed that the sound is 'loud but still clear and bass does not boom'. I started researching speaker desing and figured that I should be looking into active desings as these have better chances of achieving low distortion (all kinds) over broad f and loudness range. This then quickly lead to realisation that the choice of quality actives in domestic styling is very limited - and the offerings are expensive.

I took a pause but then dived into it - taking a 'once or twice in a lifetime' approach I went for active ATC towers + sub (as well as multiroom streaming with smaller actives and ATC passive 5.1). Never thought I would spend this kind of money on hifi but after several years I keep smiling when, after hearing other systems, I keep realising how good this kind of set up is.

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Elac Air X range

http://www.elac.com/en/products/AIR_X/AIR_X_403/index.php

A small rang eof domestic actives with wireless capability.

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https://www.canton.de/en/hifi/activemonitor/am-5

Canton offers a single monitor - AM5.

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http://kiiaudio.com/en/

A compact DSP active with directivity control and apposing bass drivers

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http://www.quested.com/home-theatre-cinema.html

these guys would supply the actives as well as do acoustic desing and installation. Proper stuff.

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Here is an oddball:

Apple iPad Pro has 4 speakers. Any two top ones play as full range. Any two bottom ones play bass only. This makes each L and R pair a 1.5 way (?) DSP active I beleive.

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Just a small correction to your Linn comment as follows:

Most (including all current) Linn stereo speakers can be configured for active use with external crossovers and amps. Some models (e.g. Akubarik and 350) have the option of active versions with amps and crossovers built into the cabinets. The speakers with the Kiko are active only and dedicated to the Kiko. Series 5 speakers are only available fully active but can only be used with Exakt compatible Linn sources.

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Just a small correction to your Linn comment as follows:

Most (including all current) Linn stereo speakers can be configured for active use with external crossovers and amps. Some models (e.g. Akubarik and 350) have the option of active versions with amps and crossovers built into the cabinets. The speakers with the Kiko are active only and dedicated to the Kiko. Series 5 speakers are only available fully active but can only be used with Exakt compatible Linn sources.

Thank you! :^

I have added the quote in the Linn post.

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I like this thread, especially having just dipped my toes into active speakers with some ESI Unik 08's.

Good work:^

Would you make an entry for ESI?

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http://www.focal.com/usa/en/68-monitoring-pro-studio

A range of pro monitors and a compact desktop active.

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http://www.cabasse.com/en/cabasse-collections/stereo-hi-fi/

Several domestic distinctly styled coax actives.

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