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Old 11th October 2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default why use passive crossovers?

why use passive when you can just go digital active nowadays? Plenty of benefits of going active and not many disadvantages I can think of.
Old 11th October 2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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Put it another way - Can the best passive beat the best active? what can take a lot of experimentation and effort to achieve passively can immediately be achieved using an active setup. And you can achieve far more actively than passively. There is no worry about impedance of the drivers, the crossover performance doesnt vary and you can do time alignment too when you use a digital active xover. I dont see how it can be argued otherwise.

so is it just because a passive speaker is easier to market to the public? what do you guys think?
Old 11th October 2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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Suggest you look at this thread for all the answers:
Active vrs passive

Been discussed many times in these pages. We don't need another thread.
Old 11th October 2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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And in addition I would say, if you do use an active crossover, speaker design is childs play. All you need to do is select your choice of drivers and put them in a box and away you go. The only problem is the bass loading. But the mids and tweeter is just plug and play. people try to make it look like speaker design is hard yet there is nothing more to it than that!
Old 11th October 2013, 06:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ra7 View Post
Suggest you look at this thread for all the answers:
Active vrs passive

Been discussed many times in these pages. We don't need another thread.

sometimes we know very little, and sometimes we know too much

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