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As far as passives go, NHT makes amazing speakers for the price.

The SuperZero's are rad, and the AbsoluteZero's are all the better.
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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.
Thanks for the help. Your recommendations led me to discover a set of speakers that I believe will suit my needs.

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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.
Thanks for the Information. very helpful.
I decided to go with the Swan M200MK III's. The speakers look sexy as hell and are getting great reviews. They color the sound a bit more than the A5's which will be great since I will be using them almost entirely for music.
Now I just need to find a solid external DAC and possibly a decently priced tube pre-amp.

Hopefully there will be a nice difference in sound quality from the Logitech Z-5500 to the Swan M200Mk III's
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I'm guessing those speakers are fantastic. Enjoy!
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As far as passives go, NHT makes amazing speakers for the price.

The SuperZero's are rad, and the AbsoluteZero's are all the better.
Agreed. I have a pair of the NHT SuperZero 2.0s for surrounds and they have the best highs I have heard from any speaker for the price. They require a high crossover freq and almost have almost no bass, but that's what subs are for.

I do not know if its been said, but another pro for powered speakers is that they should in theory have perfect match of amplification for the speakers. So clipping and under driving the speaker are no longer issues. It also reduces cluttering as well.

A con is that it is pretty much impossible to add more amplification, or power in other words. In most powered speakers, you cannot add another external amp, or upgrade the amp.

If you would like to know more, here is an excellent guide detailing the differences.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...s-12-2002.html
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