i like big butts Member Oct 28, 2017 2,295 Monday at 1:51 AM #3,351 Pargon said: Considering the praise the JBL 3-series has received, I'm surprised they don't offer a passive model, or that someone else hasn't designed an upgraded amplifier for it as a mod. Click to expand... Click to shrink... The reason why both haven’t happened is because the JBL 3 series are proper active speakers with active crossovers. A passive speaker version would be pretty mediocre and upgrading the amps are pointless when the cabinets and drivers aren’t that great. Just buy a better active speaker. The relative cheapness of the overall package (the cabinets are without a doubt the worst part of the 3 series, actual dogshit in the 8” models) doesn’t matter because the electrical design does all the heavy lifting. It’s like why IK’s iLoud micro monitors sound pretty damn good with some notable low end despite being the size of Logitech desktop speakers. Active speakers, when designed properly, can compensate for a huge amount of deficiencies.