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LetsGoBrandon
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What happened to passive subwoofers

It's been a long time since I've shopped around for stereo equipment, like, such as 1998. Back in those days, I had a passive subwoofer. The idea here being that the speaker outputs from my receiver, went into the sub, which then had speaker outputs that would high-pass the signal along to the main speakers.

To me, this made sense, because if you had a nice amplifier, it was powering everything as you'd hoped. It seems that the powered subwoofer has taken over. I find this surprising, as it feels more natural for me to power all my speakers with the amp that I have deliberately chosen, and I don't think the brand of subwoofer I'd want would also be the brand of amp that I'd want.

So, can someone explain to me why the powered sub has taken over? I suspect/hope it's superior to passive, but I'm not intuitively seeing why.

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With the rise of DSP and EQ,

With the rise of DSP and EQ, it has become more effective to have those processes in the main amp or AVR and, in so far as they are still included in some subs, to have a line level input to the sub. Of course, along with this trend, speaker-level sub-woofer outputs have also disappeared from amps and AVRs.

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Trying to pick an integrated

Trying to pick an integrated amp recently I found that neither Luxman, nor Accuphase nor McIntosh have subwoofer outs. They all recommend some convoluted way of hooking up the sub via pre-out... I guess I'll have to splurge on a DSP.

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Passive speakers are on their way out?

While passive subs may be taking a backseat, we'd say passive speakers on a whole will start to go this way... eventually. As and when though remains to be seen. Most likely when active speakers become cheap enough to produce that it makes anything passive more or less redundant. The majority of the best studio monitors are now active speakers, so we feel it's only a matter of time before anything passive becomes old hat.

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manunkind wrote:
manunkind wrote:

Trying to pick an integrated amp recently I found that neither Luxman, nor Accuphase nor McIntosh have subwoofer outs. They all recommend some convoluted way of hooking up the sub via pre-out... I guess I'll have to splurge on a DSP.

Try NAD, Anthem or Lyngdorf.

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I'm hoping that McIntosh

I'm hoping that McIntosh MA5200 and Focal Aria 936 combination will eliminate the need for a subwoofer altogether.

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