Clutter, cabling, complication and cost. Four C’s cut back by putting amplifier inside the loudspeaker cabinet/s for a powered (sometimes active) setup. Powered loudspeaker systems cost less, are easier to setup, demand we only look at two boxes (not three) and expose fewer wires than the equivalent passive + separates configuration.
The entry-leveller seeking out his/her first hi-fi system might be enticed by the US$249 sticker applied by Audioengine to their P4 loudspeaker — but that’s only half the story. These passives require outboard amplification.… Read the full article