Wiring two passive crossover 3-way speakers in series - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Multi-Way

Multi-Way Conventional loudspeakers with crossovers

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 1st March 2008, 05:38 PM   #1
olev is offline olev  Estonia
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Default Wiring two passive crossover 3-way speakers in series

What happens when I wire 2 speakers that have 3-way passive crossovers in both of them in series? I have 4 speakers that are 4 Ohm, can I wire them in series without any problem to get a pair of 8 Ohm or will one speaker's crossovers start messing with the other's? To make things more complicated both pairs of speakers have different drivers and hence not identical crossovers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st March 2008, 07:13 PM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
Inductor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cascais
Impedance will be different for different frequencies, the same for power output in frequency.

You can connect them in series.
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st March 2008, 07:15 PM   #3
olev is offline olev  Estonia
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
But will the crossover networks still work and both speakers all drivers will get the right signal?
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st March 2008, 07:21 PM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Inductor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cascais
I guess (what type of speakers are they?). There is probably some interference that needs to be simulated from inductive/capacitive charges.

Not the same if some of the drivers (or components) don't work, but you can connect them in series for 8 ohms.
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st March 2008, 07:37 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
this is generally not a problem if the speakers are the same. If you use very different speakers certain minor sound problems may occur.

Despite the world's obsession with power, speakers are really voltage driven devices. We feed them voltage, and they consume power.

When you wire them in series, each speaker gets half the available voltage, but you have two speakers kicking out sound, so it averages out. Two speaker won't necessarily be louder than one, but they will do a better job of filling the room with sound.

Overall, assuming you wire them carefully to prevent shorts...etc..., there is really no risk in trying.

Steve/bluewizard
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Parallel/Series crossover wiring question cerupcat Full Range 7 21st November 2011 05:25 AM
Setup, or series wiring with different speakers Encabler Everything Else 1 13th October 2006 11:39 AM
Passive Crossover for Passive Subwoofer? Toast_Master Subwoofers 23 30th April 2006 12:14 AM
series wiring mvagusta Multi-Way 15 1st September 2004 07:17 PM
Passive External Crossover Wiring Duster Multi-Way 2 19th January 2004 10:01 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 04:03 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2