Hi-fi no longer needs to be in a pile of boxes. They give worse results and cost far more than decent actives. Nowadays DACs and preamps not only perform better, but need less space so can also be integrated with electronic crossovers and amplifiers into the speaker cabinets.
Enthusiasts can buy a substantial improvement in sound quality for a fraction of the cost of a pile of dust collecting boxes, miles of cables and great big old boom boxes. That’s all legacy.
The amplifiers are connected directly to the drivers, improving control by a factor of 200-300. This in part accounts for the incredible, headphone like clarity of the best.
Enormous cost savings can be made by doing away with all the boxes and integrating the entire system including a remote controlled preamp and DAC into the speakers.
Electronic crossovers using the cheapest parts have around 0.001% distortion and inductors in passives can have between 1 & 10%. That’s 100 to 1000 times worse.
AVI’s directors have more than fifty years experience between them and this makes ours the ones to hear.