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I think that you will find far more passive monitors in an audio editing suite, than self-amplified monitors, and for some of the reasons that you mention.
Where are you seeing the use of the self-amplified speakers?
I think one can find plenty of both solutions. (Remember, in these days of LCD monitors, the speakers don't really need magnetic shielding anymore.)
What does magnitic shielding have to do wityh this? I'm just trying to figure out why virtually all high end monitorig speakers (take genelec for example) are self amplified.
Magnetic shielding comes into play because in the days of CRT computer monitors, speakers were generally not listed as for such use unless they had the shielding.
Today, you can get high end speakers from many companies who probably never made a set of "computer speakers", but which would work perfectly fine as high end monitors. Aerial Acoustics and B&W are two names that come to mind.
I guess one of the positive points for active speakers is that the manufacturer has a lot of control over how those boxes will sound "out of the box". i.e. for a given input, they know exactly what will come out the front because they've made the speaker and the amp.
Passive speakers, on the other hand, will take on whatever "colour" the poweramp gives them, so feasibly 10 sets of identical speakers could sound different if connected to 10 different power-amps.