Active or passive speaker?
The distinction between active and passive loudspeakers is one of those topics that are unavoidable even when entering the world of audio and hi-fi. This makes it all the more important to clarify this fundamental question!
Basically, it is important to know that an audio system always consists of several components. So if we send an audio signal from a source – for example, from a TV, the signal must first be amplified and only then be converted into sound waves by the actual loudspeaker. And this is exactly the difference between an active and a passive loudspeaker.
A passive loudspeaker exclusively assumes the function of a “sound transducer”. A separate amplifier must be connected between the speaker and the audio source. It is precisely this extra step that is omitted when using an active loudspeaker. An amplifier is already integrated here – so the audio source can be connected directly into the active speaker.
You will quickly notice that an active speaker is more expensive, as the technology is much more complicated and there are many more electronics involved due to the built-in amplifier.
In the end, it is important that everyone finds the right system for themselves. Many hi-fi and audio enthusiasts prefer passive speakers for home theatre systems – precisely because of the possibility of putting together a personal and individual audio system. This way, everyone can find their own sound – and combine it over and over again.
But also in the field of active loudspeakers there are countless possibilities to bring a unique sound experience to your home.