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Active Speakers are also known as “amplified speakers” or “powered speakers” as they feature an internal amplifier which provides power to the drivers and eliminates the need for an external standalone hi-fi amplifier. Most Active Speakers include one powered unit housing an amplifier, and an additional passive “slave” speaker which draws power and signal from the other powered speaker.

Active Speakers are also known as “amplified speakers” or “powered speakers” as they feature an internal amplifier which provides power to the drivers and eliminates the need for an external standalone hi-fi amplifier. Most Active Speakers include one powered unit housing an amplifier, and an additional passive “slave” speaker which draws power and signal from the other powered speaker. We stock a large selection of active speakers, wireless speakers, Bluetooth speakers, powered speakers, desktop speakers and monitor speakers.

Because Active Speakers come without the need for a separate amplifier, they are perfect for use with computers on a desktop or as a lifestyle system e.g. in a living room or kitchen, beacause the single-box design limits the unit’s footprint. These models are largely built with the same attention to detail as typical hi-fi speakers and some are also designed to be as much a piece of art or furniture as a functional speaker product. With this in mind, it is easy to find a product that looks and sounds great in any room or with any décor. Our knowledgeable team is always happy to offer a demonstration and advice in our showroom. As with all of our products, we offer a comprehensive range and free next day UK delivery on in stock models.

While they can perform capably on a desktop or surface, much like typical bookshelf hi-fi speakers, Active Speakers will almost always sound better on dedicated speaker stands. Dedicated stands will position the speaker at the ideal listening height and come in a range of heights for you to tailor placement to suit your typical listening position. Ideally, the tweeter should be placed at eye level to ensure the best possible stereo imaging and integration between drivers. Additionally, dedicated stands aid performance by decoupling the speaker and isolating it from the floor or any surface it might otherwise be placed on, which in turn results in greater and clearer bass performance. Many dedicated stands are fillable, which adds mass and weight, in turn adding extra bass extension and authority.

With some active speakers, a built in DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) enables you to connect your speakers to a digital source and enjoy high resolution audio files. This means you can plug your laptop or computer into your power speaker via a USB port and play hi-res WAV or FLAC files. Many models feature a range of inputs and connectivity options, enabling you to attach a wide range of devices and sources, meaning your active speakers can be the hub and centre of your multimedia or home entertainment system.

With Bluetooth technology advancing in leaps and bounds in terms of audio quality, aided by the creation of lossless CD quality apt-X technology, many Active Speakers offer wireless playback via Bluetooth. This enables you to connect a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other portable device wirelessly via Bluetooth, and enjoy simple, high-quality wireless playback from your active system. With no external amplifier, and no unsightly wires from your device to the speakers, active speakers are perfect for use on desktops, counters, smaller shelves and in more constricted areas where it would be more difficult to accommodate a bookshelf speaker and integrated amplifier combination.

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