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Old 25th July 2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default active vs passive xo

I am currently building some new speakers and in the past have only used passive crossovers. Wanted to know what is the difference between an active or electronic crossover vs a passive one. Thanks for helping a new guy.

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Old 25th July 2007, 10:55 AM   #2
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Start here: http://sound.westhost.com/biamp-vs-passive.htm
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active vs passive xo
http://sound.westhost.com look at his articles section it's all explained nicely there.
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Old 25th July 2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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Wow didn't take long for a response. Thanks those articles are very useful. I will be using an active xo after reading that information. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again.
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Old 25th July 2007, 12:55 PM   #5
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Hi,

The active c/o articles are very simplistic, for a normal 2-way active is
not cost effective unless you use different bass/mid and treble amplifiers.

For the bass/mid you can implement active baffle step compensation.
For the tweeter you can use its full sensitivity, the higher the better.

Still you need to design the c/o properly, not use electronic L/R filters.

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