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Will crosspost in Speakers forum 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
- 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?
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Mucking around the low-end since 1986.
I was looking at that as well but it has xlr only. I didn't want to use RCA adapters... thinking it might create noise.
Behringer, and most inexpensive 'Pro' gear is built only for price and usually as cheaply as possible.
Behringer built knockoffs of Mackie Design products, that did the same things, but at lower price and lower audio quality.The Mackie stuff was fine, if you bought the BIG items,but even there, if you got into their entry level(mixers) the audio quality dropped off.
I used to do the recording studio thing, and most of the very popular gear was also inexpensive, and low price almost always meant low quality.
While some gear was competent and built well(Mackie, ART, Alesis) at it's price point, I never thought any of the cheaper stuff was 'transparent' or had good audio quality.
Sure, give the stuff a try, but really you may loose more then you gain.
I cannot go back to passive with all my systems, I only use a simple passive on full range drivers but still use active crossovers for sub duty,once dialed in it's awsome,the only negatives are some crossovers have some op amp yucckies,this can be overcome by not using any gain from the crossover or even using transformers for inputs/outputs
go for it and report
Canare makes cheap decent xlr or you can diy
I'd consider it. You can get crossover control, relative volume control, a parametric eq and a servo sub amp included.
For that price there is no doubt. If anything, you will learn a lot.
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