What Are The Differences Between Passive & Active Speakers?

What Are The Differences Between Passive & Active Speakers?

When shopping for loudspeakers or laying the plans for a speaker system, the terms “active” and “passive” show up quite a bit. What are the differences between passive and active speakers? The simple difference between active and passive speakers is that active speakers require power and passive speakers don’t. This is because active models have…

Why Do Loudspeakers Need Power & How Are They Powered?
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Why Do Loudspeakers Need Power & How Are They Powered?

Speakers have become commonplace in our day-to-day lives. Wherever there is electricity and electrical power, speakers can function (and often do). Why do loudspeakers need power, and how are they powered? Loudspeakers require power if they have built-in amplifiers, active transducer elements, and/or built-in wireless receivers. Speakers and monitors requiring power typically get it from…

Are Loudspeakers & Monitors Analog Or Digital Audio Devices?
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Are Loudspeakers & Monitors Analog Or Digital Audio Devices?

Since the first commercial digital recordings were released in 1971, eager listeners have been listening to digital audio through their speakers. Today, nearly all the audio we listen to through our speakers is digital (even with the resurgence of analog audio vinyl records). Are speakers analog or digital devices? Though speakers are regularly connected to…

Are Speakers (& Studio Monitors) Input Or Output Devices?
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Are Speakers (& Studio Monitors) Input Or Output Devices?

Speakers (including loudspeakers and studio monitors) are transducers that convert audio signals into sound waves and are often connected to computers (laptops, smartphones, etc.). To fully understand the audio signal flow of speakers in terms of inputs and outputs, we must also comprehend the definitions of input and output devices in computer systems. Are speakers/studio…