Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    ride a jet ski Tarheel_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    661

    idea of using Active Monitors for HT

    I was reading a forum thread on Audiogon recently and came across an interesting one. The theme was using active monitors all the way around with a separate sub for 5.1. The main case was placement options and the lack of needing an expensive separate amp. JBL and others have room correction programs which help integrate the speakers into your room. Pretty cool stuff.

    Never really considered this route, but it has it's merits. Wondering if anyone here has an opinion or owes a pair.

    Here's a few URLs if your interested...
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...597+4291399742

    http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...openfrom&2&4#2

  2. #2
    Shostakovich fan Feanor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    8,127
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_ View Post
    I was reading a forum thread on Audiogon recently and came across an interesting one. The theme was using active monitors all the way around with a separate sub for 5.1. The main case was placement options and the lack of needing an expensive separate amp. JBL and others have room correction programs which help integrate the speakers into your room. Pretty cool stuff.

    Never really considered this route, but it has it's merits. Wondering if anyone here has an opinion or owes a pair.

    Here's a few URLs if your interested...
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...597+4291399742

    http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...openfrom&2&4#2
    I think using active monitors could make a lot of sense for the reasons you indicate. A couple of the big reasons are the optimization of the built-in amplifier or multiple amps for bi- or tri-ampoing, and the bass adjustments for room placement, i.e. on-wall or corner placement vs. mid-room.

    There are plenty of active monitors available, though you'll need to look for them under "professional studio monitors" instead of "home audio".

    On the negative side, there is a lack of affordably priced pre/pros with balance outputs.

  3. #3
    M.P.S.E /AES/SMPTE member Sir Terrence the Terrible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    6,826
    As a person who has been using PMC and Genelec active monitors for years, this is an excellent way to do a home theater. All you need is source components, and these speakers, and you are ready to go. There are tons of benefits to going this way. The amps and speakers can be designed from the ground up to work with each other. There are excellent calibration and equalization DSP's on board, so there is no need for an external black optimization box.
    Sir Terrence

    Titan Reference 3D 1080p projector
    200" SI Black Diamond II screen
    Oppo BDP-103D
    Datastat RS20I audio/video processor 12.4 audio setup
    9 Onkyo M-5099 power amp
    9 Onkyo M-510 power amp
    9 Onkyo M-508 power amp
    6 custom CAL amps for subs
    3 custom 3 way horn DSP hybrid monitors
    18 custom 3 way horn DSP hybrid surround/ceiling speakers
    2 custom 15" sealed FFEC servo subs
    4 custom 15" H-PAS FFEC servo subs
    THX Style Baffle wall

  4. #4
    Music Junkie E-Stat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    5,462
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_ View Post
    The theme was using active monitors all the way around with a separate sub for 5.1. The main case was placement options and the lack of needing an expensive separate amp.
    There's fundamentally no difference with using actives in a 5.1 environment than with 2.0, 7.2 or whatever you please. The advantages and tradeoffs are pretty much the same. I used active monitors back in the 70s. Just ensure you have AC power in all the places it needs to be.

    rw

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •