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Behringrer crossover for subs - should I get it?

Looking for opinions:
Will crosspost in General forumn if that's ok.

I am thinking about redoing my subwoofer setup.
Considering moving from passive filters to an active crossover.

Currently using passive filters from Harrison labs.
Running mains full-range with passive 30Hz hi-pass filters (12db/oct)
(Mains are spec'd to 42Hz bass response.)
Dual subs running mono with passive low-pass filter at 42Hz (18db/oct)

Sounds pretty good the way it is and there is no processing in the signal path to the mains.
However I have very little control and it is difficult to get the levels correct.

So now I am considering a Behringer CX2310 (2-way) crossover.
It has variable x-over point that goes down to 44Hz, which seems about right for my setup.
It is a 24dB/octave, state-variable Linkwitz-Riley crossover.
There is a used one available locally for just $50.

The benefits I see are:
- ability to run my dual subs in stereo
- much more control (knobs for x-over freq, hi freq gain, low freq gain, mute for hi and lo, etc)
- can run balanced cable from x-over to mains amp, which has XLR inputs


Drawbacks:
- introduces an extra component and processing into the signal path to the mains
- would have to buy at least 3 pairs of XLR and XLR-RCA cables (and they will be mid-range at best $$$)

What do you guys think?

My system is posted in inmates systems here: https://cgi.audioasylum.com/systems/1068.html


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Topic - Behringrer crossover for subs - should I get it? - K-Bob 12:16:54 04/20/17 (7)

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