By Joe Gilder • October 5, 2010 Photo: takomabibelot. This article is provided by Home Studio Corner. I love answering questions from people about recording, especially one like todays on such an interesting topic. If you have a question you’d like me to cover, click here. Hello Joe, I’m looking for a good pair of monitors based on what I’ve been reading. However, as I was searching for a good brand and reviews and all that, I found out about passive and active monitors. I read that with passive I would need an amp but actives do not need that since they supply their own power. Multiple sites mentioned that both are the “schnitzel” and I just gave up researching. Joe, what is your recommendation? Thanks, Krem Osle Thanks Krem, Originally, all studio monitors were passive. You would buy a nice power amp, and run cable from the back of that into a pair of passive monitors. Now, you’ll only find a handful of passive monitors. The overwhelming majority of studio monitors out there today are active, meaning (like you said) they have the power amp built in. I prefer active monitors for three reasons: 1. Since almost all of the studio monitors are active, you have plenty of choices. 2. Since the amp is built-in, you know that it is matched perfectly with that speaker. You don’t have to worry about matching a power amp to a set of speakers. 3. They’re just easier to use – no need for an amp, speakers, and all the cables to connect them all to your recording equipment. There’s nothing wrong with passive monitors. Pair them up with a good amp, and you’re in great shape. However, there just aren’t as many options. I can count on one hand the various passive models out there that I am aware of. However, I could go on for days listing out all the different active monitors. Good luck, Krem! Joe Gilder is a Nashville based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner. About Joe Joe Gilder Sound Engineer Joe Gilder is a Nashville based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner. http://www.homestudiocorner.com Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Razvan Manole says Also, most of the Active Monitors have Bi-Amp amplifiers in them, meaning a separate amp for the tweeter and a separate amp for the speaker. This also means they have a better crossover in them. Bi-amp is the way you get the best performance out of your speakers, monitors or stage-speakers. Tagged with: Active Audio Mixing Monitors Passive Poll Recording Study Hall Tracking · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.