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5th November 2013, 03:47 PM  #1 
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crossover calculators and impedence
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So I've been fooling around with online crossover calculators and got wondering.... For say a twoway speaker it asks for the impedance of each driver in order to do the calculations. So my question is if I am adding resistors to each driver to make each one a 16 ohm load should I be entering in the original impedance (sans resistors) of each driver into the calculator or the impedance after adding resistors ? Values change so drastically when you add resistance to the mix ! 
5th November 2013, 04:04 PM  #2 
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A resistor dissipates energy, it doesn't convert it into acoustical energy well, speakers are rather inefficient too !
However, the answer is a nono. The online calculators might be of some utility for high pass only, as woofers are rather unpredictable.. 
5th November 2013, 09:14 PM  #3 
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I am actually looking to run a fullrange driver with a tweeter to top off the top end. So the tweeter is a 6 ohm. The impedance curve show by seas shows that it stays between 68 ohms in the frequency range I would be using it for. So I am looking at using it from about 10 kHz up. So I've put a 10 ohm resistor on it to make around 16 ohms. The fullrange is a 4 ohm with a 12 ohm on it.

5th November 2013, 10:09 PM  #4 
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I think you need to back up a notch or three. It sounds like you're trying to use resistors to make your drivers 16 ohms to match the output of a tube amplifier this is not a good method. Crossovers are fairly complex, and the impedance in the passband isn't the only issue.
Can you be very specific about what you're using and how?
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6th November 2013, 12:16 AM  #5 
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I am making both drivers 16 ohm to make an 8 ohm load when run in parallel. I am using just cap for the tweeter, It's not for my tube amp.

6th November 2013, 01:34 AM  #6 
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OK, are you also to be running these in parallel physically? Ie, will they be in the same cabinet, or beside each other or something else?

6th November 2013, 05:31 AM  #7 
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You don't put any resistor in line with a woofer at least not more than 11.5Ω in some ( sealed enclosure ) case  and the capacitor decouples the tweeter
from the amplifier. Look at any design whatever it may be fullrange + tweeter or woofermidtw...the resistors in series alone play a different role. 
6th November 2013, 09:53 AM  #8  
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Adding a series resistor to a woofer is basically a nono because you are wasting energy without a real benefit. If your amp cannot drive a 4 Ohm driver then change driver or amp. Mixing a 4 Ohm woofer to a 6 Ohm tweeter doesn't pose any problem. Another problem I see is running the fullrange without a low pass filter. You'll have lobing problems in the treble. Ralf 

6th November 2013, 12:05 PM  #9 
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So what I am using is a Seas FU10RB 4 ohm fullrange with just an 12 ohm resistor run in parallel with a Seas 27TBCD DXT tweeter 6 ohm with a 10 ohm resistor and a capacitor. (I do have a pair of Seas FU10RB in 8 ohm available if needed). I am not worried about a lowpass filter as of yet as my amp will let me control it.I would just like to start with a simple first order crossover and expand along the way. I am looking to learn along the way and expand as a go. I do see many coaxial speakers with just a capacitor on the tweeter and they seem to work okay for what they are. The drivers I have are in a sealed box currently and I could modify to port them if needed. Basically what I am looking for is a 6 ohm load or higher as the amp says 68 ohms.

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