Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Studio monitors are for accurately playing back the music for professionals who are willing to pay for accurate sound.
Computer speakers are are for those who have no idea what quality music really sounds like and will not spend the cash for quality audio play back
and think a sub-woofer that makes the walls shake is really cool.
A quality pair of Studio monitors will include 4 separate built in amplifiers.
A 5.1 computer speaker setup may only come with one amplifier stuffed inside the sub-woofer that has to drive all 6 channels.
Not all studio monitors are accurate, in fact some are quite inaccurate such as the Yamaha HS5 & HS50, Huge peak in response at 1KHz. KRK Rockits tend to have a midrange that is quite reduced compared to the bass & treble. The Yamaha HS8's are quite neutral though. You have to look not only at the typical brand sound character but also the different models in order to find accurate sound. Some models even within given model range sound quite different from each other such as what I just shown with Yamaha's HS series.
Also a 5.1 speaker set will have 6 separate amps, one for each speaker, they are just housed in the sub typically though all these amps typically are run from the same power supply just as the 2 amps inside each studio monitor, yes, I have studio monitors & that is how they are setup. So you see now there is not just one amp powering everything though there is commonly just one or sometimes two power supplies, one for the bass & one for all the main speakers. Subs typically need more power which is why they usually get a separate power supply if the speaker is actually worth anything that is.
Edited by germanium - 6/14/14 at 7:40pm