A common DJ question is whether passive or active speakers are better, but it’s not as simple as that. It is really a question of what you’re using them for, rather than whether one is better than the other.
When to Choose Passive Speakers
Passive speakers have all of their components separated: the amplifiers and crossovers are not built into the speaker, the way they are in active speakers. If you travel around night after night, this could be difficult and possibly annoying, but if you’re working with a large, complex system that requires a huge amount of power, it can be really beneficial to keep the amps separate for numerous reasons: it can keep the speakers from overheating, and system maintenance is much more simple when you don’t have to take everything apart.