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https://www.naimaudio.com/loudspeakers

The current Naim Ovator range has two models that may be run actively, the S-600 and S-800. Naim provide a range of active crossovers that will suit active conversion of current and legacy Naim, Linn and Audiovector loudspeakers. Other than a now discontinued subwoofer, Naim does not house amplifiers within the speaker cabinet. The classic Naim active system being a pre-amp. six Nap 135 monoblocks and a SNAXO 3-6 driving a pair of Linn Isobariks.

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https://www.naimaudio.com/loudspeakers

The current Naim Ovator range has two models that may be run actively, the S-600 and S-800. Naim provide a range of active crossovers that will suit active conversion of current and legacy Naim, Linn and Audiovector loudspeakers. Other than a now discontinued subwoofer, Naim does not house amplifiers within the speaker cabinet. The classic Naim active system being a pre-amp. six Nap 135 monoblocks and a SNAXO 3-6 driving a pair of Linn Isobariks.

(This post may lead to some trolling of this thread, which would be unfortunate)

No need to troll. PMC uses this configuration as well - that uses Bryston amps who are PMC's partner(?). Naim also makes amps so such configuration suits them too.

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A not so common option from Genelec -

In wall / in-ceiling actives with outboard crossover/amp modules. Also in-wall subs. B&O also makes in-wall/ceiling actives, but with built-in amps, I beliive.

http://www.genelec.com/installation-speakers/architectural-speaker-series/aiw25-active-wall-speaker

http://www.genelec.com/sites/default/files/media/Installation%20speakers/Architectural%20Speakers/AIW25/genelec_om_aiw25.pdf

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German brand ESI, have a range of active/powered monitors to be found here:

http://www.esi-audio.com/products/?m=16

They are mainly aimed at the professional/semi professional market, but can be used in the home.

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I personally use the now discontinued uniK 08 (replaced by the uniK 08+ shown above), they were first brought to my attention by Paul from Evolution Audio.

There are 4 models in total plus a subwoofer.

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http://www.audiopro.com/products

A small range of scandic design domestic actives with wireless.

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Many of the modern wireless multiroom audio devices are fully active desings.

Examples:

Naim Muso

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Sonos

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B&W A7, A5 and Zeppelin

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As mentioned they are the M3-8. Absolutely loving these speakers for what is beer money. This is my first encounter with active speakers and really didn't know what to expect and have to say I've not heard better, really remarkable especially at the price.

The specs listed by "vacdac" are from the M-Audio website and as regards the amplification specs they are incorrect, should be : Low frequency = 150W Mid = 30W and High = 20W

As studio monitor speakers they do everything that you would expect of a very good domestic hifi speaker and more. They have a fantastic 3 dimensional soundstage and exceptionally detailed without being any way harsh or in your face. I think they are sounding better each day as they break in.

Edit just to say that they don't have auto input sensing/power down standby

I have listened to Johns' system & these speakers have very smooth and detailed treble with good imaging & soundstage depth/width, a natural midrange and very impressive bass extension. I would have no hesitation in buying a pair of these myself (& may do so)

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Some good material from Genelec on basic room treatment and speaker placement and how it affects sound.

http://www.genelec.com/sites/default/files/media/Studio%20monitors/Catalogues/genelec_monitor_setup_guide_2015.pdf

http://www.genelec.com/sites/default/files/media/Studio%20monitors/Catalogues/genelec_step_by_step_setup_guide_ed_2015.pdf

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Some further reading, really useful as explains things well and has practical approach.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul98/articles/acoustics1.html

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I have a pair of John Bowers Active 1's at home. I'm contemplating getting a sub/pair of, since these only go down to 40hz.

This won't be soon as they're sat at home unused and unloved since I moved down here 18 months ago and I've no room for records let alone my hifi set-up.

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