Ok, call me old school but I've always had passive systems -- components fronts, rear coaxes, and a sub. Now I'm seriously looking into this ACTIVE phenomenon that all the veterans here are evidently using. I've read almost all the ACTIVE threads last night and am fascinated.
It seems that you guys are using ACTIVE frontstage and ditching rearfill altogether. Can you tell me if you're missing the rears at all? I've always been taught that you have to have some rearfill to help with the front imaging, but then that was old school. I have a Ford Escape SUV so basically my rear passengers will only be hearing front speakers if I go ACTIVE -- not a biggie but I'm concern of any holes in the sound of the SUV.
I have an Eclipse 8455 and am currently evaluating two different amps rated at 200watts/ch. 1-4Ohms. I take it that going ACTIVE will likely yield using 8Ohm drivers and thus take less power out of these amps (BTW, can 1-4Ohms rated amps use 8Ohm drivers)? Will 100W still be too much for a tweeter? What if I run into a tweeter rated at 4Ohms, will 200W be too much?