So when I did a search for active and passive, I came across some info that intrigued me. That a passive bass will have a different sound that an active bass. From what I read the passive will have a more 'woody' sound. Anyways, to my point. I'm looking to buy a Muisc Man S.U.B. (poor man's stingray), and I'm tryen to decide between an X01 and X02. One is passive, and one is active. I want a good sound (sumthen that will cut through guitars, and drums), I guess I'm looking for what I'd call a 'bright' sound. Something similar to The Bouncing Souls, Less Than Jake, or Authority Zero. Where the bass still has the 'bass' tone but cuts through and you can hear it as long as feel it. Would active electronics give me this tone? Since from what I;ve read it gives the signal from the pick-ups a 'boost' before it leave the bass or am I confused on this. Sorry if this turns into a active vs. passive thread, that was not my intention at all. I'm just tryen to find which electroincs will give me the sound I want. The local (well not really local, but the closest one to me) guitar center only has passive S.U.B's so I can't try an active to see what the sound will be. I'll probably be running it through an Ampeg BA-112 with ernie ball slinkies, if that help's any.