I wanted to see what people's takes were on the topic of active studio or PA monitors vs. audiophile level passive speakers in a home theater setting. What are the inherent advantages or disadvantages of each speaker type given that the listening environment will be in a medium sized room (15 X 28), in a 5.1 or 7.1 hometheater setup, with the listening position approx 15 feet away from the front speakers. Bottom line is I want good accuracy and detail, dynamics, and high SPL. Here are some things running through my head as of now: Active studio monitors give good flat response and are very neutral and accurate... but they are designed for near-field listening. Is 15 feet too far? Will they provide a good soundstage and dispersion characteristics from 15 feet out and provide high SPL. Active PA monitors give plenty of SPL... more than I'd ever need... but when driven at medium levels, will they be accurate and neutral? Passive consumer brand or audiophile speakers are much more expensive and require even more money for amplification.