I am considering active speakers after reading numerous articles extolling their benefits for audio reproduction, including Darko’s LS-50W articles (KEF LS50 Wireless review & DAR’s Product of the Year 2016, . But, I am still a little leery of… I guess I’ll call it aesthetics. My speakers sit on stands, so any cords/cables are visible.
Take KEF’s LSX. I would be trading simple speaker wire for power cords, both of which would need to go to my centrally located electrical outlet. Then there is the toslink cable (and maybe a USB cable) that would have to reach the active speaker from my source. Other options like the Kanto TUK eliminate the power cord for the slave speaker, but still have the cable linking the 2 speakers together, as well as the cable(s) from source components to the active speaker.
Compare this to an integrated amp that can be in my console with the power cord and any source wires hidden with only speaker wires connected to the speakers. As you can probably guess, I hate the mess of chords and cables that are part of many audio set ups. It’s one of the reasons I gave up on multi-channel A/V systems and their mess of connections and speakers.
So up for consideration for a system in my smallish room would be an integrated amplifier with digital inputs, DSP, and tone controls, along with a pair of passive bookshelf speakers. There are a few affordable options, but I don’t find too many. ELAC Element Series EA101EQ-G Amplifier, Yamaha WXA-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Amplifier.
So how do you feel about tone controls and DSP for 2 channel audio?
Steve Gutenberg just had a post about wireless speakers. He wants to know what’s so wireless about them. I kind of agree. What’s the big deal about speaker wires. They are easy to place and don’t need power outlets. If the dog or cat chew them you won’t find them dead on the floor.
With all the wireless tech we are still trammeled with wires. They are everywhere! It’s sort of how computers were supposed to create the paperless office. I think we might be over the hump now, but for awhile there the amount of paper and printer $ink$ was mind boggling.
I’m not so sure about tone controls or DSP (if they can be completely taken out of the signal path I guess it’s OK) but I wouldn’t mind a balance control, because sometimes I can be a bit off center. Does anyone remember loudness controls for late night listening? Compression killed the loudness control…