i have never heard the actives, but i have a question. are they that much better than the normal 40's? sorry i cant help.
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I bought the Active 40's after hearing the normal 40's using McIntosh equipment at the dealer. The dealer had 1 pair of Actives left and wouldn't open the box for me. The 40's sounded great! And, of course after the dealer assured me that the actives sounded even better, I bought them. There's a third order crossover in each speaker feeding two amps, 50 watts to the tweater and 100 watts to the midrange and bass drivers. They are very revealing and bass extension is superb. Umm, are they better than the normal 40's? I think it would be pretty hard to tell if you had good equipment running the 40's. Reviews have indicated that the bass extension is better with the Actives.
Drubin-I'll try to find out the impedence of the amps. And post soon. I run about 3M of interconnect to each speaker.
Thanks to both of you for your responses