AFAIK many main monitors, which are designed for flush-mounting, use an off-board rack-mount amplifier. Separate cables run between the amp and the monitor for each of the LF, Mid and HF drivers, respectively. I imagine with fully analogue monitors (no DSP calibration) the amp is individually calibrated for and married to a particular monitor.My good buddy 'Devil's Advocate' asked me to ask a simpleton question, and not directed to anyone specifically:
What really is the love affair (infatuation?) with powered/active speakers, anyways?
If I must; I can understand 'plug-in' boards, in sum rear access panel.
I fully understand (and respect) that designing a proper speaker is no walk-in-the-park and neither is designing active circuits.
Yet, stuffing a passive and a very reliable component (of the audio chain) with electronics just seems like a NO-OP failure just waiting to happen.
IMHO, AIOs = NFG!
The advantage of AIOs is that you don't have so many cables hanging off the back (unless the speaker uses a passive crossover which can be located inside the cabinet), and the cables don't need to be thick and expensive like passive speaker cables. Saves copper.
A fully self-contained active monitor also reduces the chances of it blowing up since one cannot hook it up to an incompatible amp and whatnot. Furthermore, AIOs feature all manner of protection mechanisms, which means its very difficult for users to accidentally damage the monitor. This makes warranty claims easier to resolve since any failures are unlikely to be the user's fault.