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Thread: Active crossover speakers/systems - what are current options?

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    Pro Audio Technology makes nice actives. They're not particularly wife friendly and are intended to go on baffle walls or similar:

    The oldsters on this thread likely remember Paul Hales, and these are his modern incarnation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyal Mellor View Post

    Many active options: 19AT, 40A, 50A, 100A, 150A, 200A, 300A. e.g.

    They have two levels of amp pack for everything 50 and over. The standard amp pack and the fully discrete "anniversary" amp pack.

    Honestly one of the best speakers I have heard.
    Agreed on ATC. They've been doing actives as long as anybody. Have owned 20-2s for years and still very happy with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucemck2 View Post
    Pro Audio Technology makes nice actives. They're not particularly wife friendly and are intended to go on baffle walls or similar:

    The oldsters on this thread likely remember Paul Hales, and these are his modern incarnation
    These look like JBL M2, and I agree, wife wouldn't be too happy.

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    This crowd in Melbourne make some very well respected and beautifully built actives

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    25 topic question, moved to another thread.
    Last edited by mirekti; 03-15-2016 at 11:06 AM. Reason: Posted an off topic question

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    I've been using the KRK Expose E8B monitors for the last 4 years. They are the most anonymous speakers I have ever heard. By that I mean after 4 years I really couldn't tell you what they sound like; other than: They sound like everything I do to the preceding components. Full stop. Nothing else. They are chameleons. Shape shifters. They rock. They nail choral music. They nail orchestral music. They nail Jazz. They don't favour anything. They tell you everything you wanted to know about what precedes them. From the recording to the true nature of every component that has an influence upon what is conveyed to their input terminals. True monitors.

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    Goldmund Prologos, Nano Metis and Satya
    Kef LS50 active mated with a seemless subwoofer like TBI
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    Since the thread states "active crossover speakers/systems", that would include those that are fully active, i.e. Meridian, Beolab, etc...and all fully self-contained with all amplification needed and crossover at/in the speaker themselves. It would also include actively crossed over speaker options where such as those other mentioned. Additionally, you can consider Legacy FocusSE, Aeris, Whisper XDS and "V" with the Wavelet active crossover and RoomEQ device (also can serve as a DAC and Pre-amp) as they are all now actively crossed over, the Wavelet is an external device and the speakers are all partially powered in an off themselves (ICE amps in the towers for bass and sub-bass). There are other examples of this latter category as well on the market...

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    Actually, there are quite a few Australian active speakers now:

    - Kyron Audio -!home_layout_1.html
    - SGR Audio -
    - Legend Acoustics -
    - Krix Heretix -

    I have heard them all. I have also heard those Beolabs 90's.
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