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Active speakers OR Passive speakers & TriPath amp ??

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Need external speakers for DVD music & TV use.


NORMAL listening volumes, NOT loud at all re neighbours.
Reason - hilarious bottom firing speakers on Pana 32" IPS non-smart TV (+ bring back matt screens!).

 

Active speakers...
- Tannoy 402 ................ about £ 250/pr - bit expensive
- Edifer T1900II ............ circa £  80/pr
- Microlab 6c ............... circ  £  70/pr
- Microlab 7c ............... circ  £ 100/pr
- Alesis Elevate 5 Active ... circ  £  80/yr

 

Passive speakers & amp...
- Wharfdale 9.0 or Diamond 9.1 ............ circ £ 50/pr or 90/pr
- Topping TP20-MK2 TA2020 Class-T .. circ £ 64
or...
- Topping TP22 TK2050 Class-T ...... circ £ 70


Q - Surely the Wharf/Topping will be a better hi-fi sound than active speakers, even Tannoy 402?


Edited by jason1969 - 6/8/14 at 7:13am
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Most of the examples you quote above are not really active monitors.

 

They are functionally identical to a separate amp and speakers except the manufacturers have stuffed the amp into one of the cabinets. So there is no compelling reason why these powered systems should sound any different to an equivalent traditional amp + speakers set up. Maybe balance economy of scale against more noise if done too cheaply.

 

Mid to high end brands like Focal, ADAM, Eve and Genelec have had tremendous success selling 4" active multimedia monitors but as far as I know no one has managed it for at least double your budget.

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Yes. The Diamonds would be a good choice, and as RD pointed out, most of those other speakers are powered, not active (not sure about the Tannoys). I would go for the Diamond 9.1s.
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Thanks for the replies.

I have gone with Q Acoustics 2020i speakers (discounted), and thus far the Amptastic Mini One.

The 2020 chips can't drive far without distortion ramping, but it might be ok for what is TV / DVD listening... frankly anything is better than the "we put twin 1980s portable tape recorder speakers in the TV and made them fire at the cupboard top" :-)
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Thanks for the replies.

I have gone with Q Acoustics 2020i speakers (discounted), and thus far the Amptastic Mini One.

The 2020 chips can't drive far without distortion ramping, but it might be ok for what is TV / DVD listening... frankly anything is better than the "we put twin 1980s portable tape recorder speakers in the TV and made them fire at the cupboard top" :-)

LOL. So true smily_headphones1.gif

T-amps definitely won't fill a large room with a lot of volume, but they sure are nice sounding (and efficient) for what they are smily_headphones1.gif
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