Bryston launch flagship active speakers and new amps

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    1. Mark Hodgkinson

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      Bit confused here.

      Active speakers are 1 unit with speakers and amp bult into same cabinet as opposed to a seperate amp. A neater solution being one of the selling points.

      However Bryston are calling these speakers active despite no built in amp, sounds like they are seeing a rise in the popularity of active speakers and jumping on the labelling bandwagon.

      Am I missing something? Or are Bryston just being silly.
       
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      Active speakers don't necessarily require the amp to be built into the speaker, although this is a common feature. Genelec as an example do various models (aiw26 for one) where the amp comes seperately.

      The speakers I own, Pro Audio Technology, (bi amplified actives) also utilise rack located amps.
       
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      You’re missing where amplification actually happens in relation to speaker crossover.

      ‘Active’ speakers that have an amp bolted to the rear feeding internal passive crossovers are not, in my option, true active speakers.
       
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      An active speaker is about the topology, not the collocation of boxes. The topology of the Bryston, with a three way speaker, a pair of 3 channel power amplifiers and an active crossover is active, even though it physically occupies 4 boxes instead of 2, as can be seen from the technical description of the architecture. See for example Middle T Active Loudspeaker - Bryston.
       
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      It’s the x-over that counts in an active speaker.

      As long as it’s digital (almost universally so) and splits the signal into separate signals for each individual driver before the power amp, and therefore each driver has its own tailored amp, then it is an active speaker regardless where the power amps are.

      Either on the floor or in the cabinet doesn’t matter, it’s the individual power amp driving of each driver that makes it active.
       
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      This Bryston active system is similar to the PMC active systems that have been available for years - presumably the next evolution of digital crossover is the difference (minus the ATL cabinets), as the amplifiers for PMC systems were or perhaps still are of Bryston origin.
       
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      Thanks guys, didn't realise this.
       
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      flippin expensive though for all the activity !
       

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