Powered speakers, also known as self-powered speakers and active speakers, are loudspeakers that have built-in amplifiers. They can be connected directly to a mixing console or other low-level audio signal source without the need for an external amplifier. Active speakers may have greater fidelity, less intermodulation distortion (IMD), higher dynamic range and greater output sound pressure level (SPL) with fewer blown drivers. Disadvantages include heavier loudspeaker enclosures, reduced reliability due to active electronic components within, and the need of a source of electrical power (other than the audio signal).
Powered speakers are available with passive or active crossovers built into them. Active speakers with internal active crossovers are widely seen in sound reinforcement applications and in studio monitors. Home theater and add-on domestic/automotive subwoofers have used active powered speaker technology since the late 1980s.
Read more about Powered Speakers: Differences Between Passive, Powered and Active Speakers, History, Servo-driven Speakers
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