Let me start by saying I haven't been playing to long. IMO I have thought passive basses have better. Less artificial sounding. more natural. Now I have 2 active basses and no passive basses. A EBMM sterling and a an American Deluxe jazz bass. I find these two active basses to sound natural. I can hear that they are active but they don't sound super artificial like some active basses do to me. I can't stand most active basses. I'm finding active EBMM, fender and similar active basses don't sound artificial like most do IMO. I still would like to own a passive bass or two as well someday. but I won't be bying a bass any time soon. I'm set with these two for a while. this is all IMHO. So what do you guys think about this? I just thought I would share me opinion on this. EDIT: I know many well disagree and I respect everyone's opinion on this.