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So I am looking for some new speakers that will be used 100% for music listening. The goal here is high quality sound for a very wide range of music from dubstep to piano/orchestral. The problem is that I don't know if Active or Passive monitors will be the best for my needs. I have a budget around $300 for the speakers, but if there are significant improvements with a set that is around $400 I can deal with that. any recommendations are welcome thanks in advance!

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Passive Budget: $500 (with an amp)
Active Budget: $400
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Do you have a receiver? Do you think you might eventually want to go with more than the 2 speakers? If not, get actives,

for $325. I'm pretty sure you can run a sub out of them. I have their slightly younger brother the Passive P4's and they sound awesome (to me), especially for the money. Those A5's have an iPod dock as well, so just plug and play, and they can be set up wirelessly as well.

The reviews on those A5's are probably the best I've ever seen anything reviewed.

I've listened to no other decent speakers though, and other members will contribute,so these are just one item to consider.

Good Luck.
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The Jamo C-803 are very good passive speakers. Vanns will accept $425 for them if you call them and tell them to price match from this site. The speakers are rated as good as speakers costing $2000 a pair. They are a great value, and they look GREAT.
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Jamo is owned by Klipsch. I have their 8" sub and for the price it seems like quality to me.
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Do you have a receiver? Do you think you might eventually want to go with more than the 2 speakers? If not, get actives, Audioengine A5's for $325. I'm pretty sure you can run a sub out of them. I have their slightly younger brother the Passive P4's and they sound awesome (to me), especially for the money. Those A5's have an iPod dock as well, so just plug and play, and they can be set up wirelessly as well.

The reviews on those A5's are probably the best I've ever seen anything reviewed.

I've listened to no other decent speakers though, and other members will contribute,so these are just one item to consider.

Good Luck.

I do not have a receiver no. And I do not really have a need for more than 2 speakers other than a sub. I have heard good things about the A5's.

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The Jamo C-803 are very good passive speakers. Vanns will accept $425 for them if you call them and tell them to price match from this site. The speakers are rated as good as speakers costing $2000 a pair. They are a great value, and they look GREAT.
Those speaker look sexy! And I am sure they sound just as good as well, but the problem is that will probably put me a bit over my budget. I do not know much about speakers, (that is why I posted here) but I have a feeling that an amp to power those beauties is going to run me over $100. I just don't know if I have more than $500 for speakers right now. If passive is the way to go for around $500 (speakers and amp) then I would love some recommendations!
    
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can you tell us where the speakers are gonna be placed? how close to a wall?
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can you tell us where the speakers are gonna be placed? how close to a wall?
Well they will be used at a desk for the most part. Anywhere from 0-2 feet from a wall.
    
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If you don't want the expense of a receiver but would like the option of a sub, I'm betting you end up with the A5's. I tried to order the A5's but mistakenly ordered the slightly smaller P4's (and returning them would have been expensive, $120 after shipping and restocking). Anyway, the P4's are fantastic and the A5's are supposed to be even better (fuller, more bass, plus the iPod dock). As you can add a sub to the A5's down the line I gotta believe they're a strong contender.

Sorry to be an Audioengine Pimp lately but I'm pretty smitten with my new audio.
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The primary difference between powered and passive designs is that quality powered designs are usually bi-amplified or tri-amplified, where each individual driver gets its own dedicated amp channel. This can produce drastically more clear audio, and allows for much more appropriate ratios of power between woofer and tweeter to compensate for the much lower sensitivity of low frequency drivers.

The other advantage of powered systems is that since they do have power coming to them, the crossover design can be active, consisting of opamps and other electrical goodies that need an actual source of power to run. Traditional crossovers are passive, consisting of components like inductors and capacitors that do not need a power supply to perform their function. The active crossovers make it much easier to get steep filter slopes, which allow for greater separation between the frequency bands that each driver plays back.

In general, if you can find a powered system that fits within your needs I'd take it almost any day over a comparable passive system, unless you're working with tons of outboard processing gear.
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That's good to know chipp...I did not know that.

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