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Old 12th December 2004, 07:27 PM   #1
robmonk is offline robmonk  United States
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Question line-level crossover -- design help, please?

I want to build line-level crossovers so that I can bi-amp my two-way cabinets featuring VIFA 5-1/4" and seas soft-dome tweeters (I don't have my tools, so I can't look at the model numbers just now...). If anyone can point me to basic (tunable) circuit designs and help for calculating the resonance of different resistor/capacitor values, I'd love it.

I've been tinkering with crossover frequencies using a UREI electronic crossover (18db/octave active crossover with independent gain controls per output), and currently find that a crossover-point of 4500 Hz sounds best to me. I've set the hi/lo gain controls fairly similarly, so I'm hoping that I can get away with a fairly simple 'black box' circuit, or at the most, one with a simple hi-frequency attenuator, to match the hi/lo output levels to the drivers' different efficiencies.

I wonder what the consensus is on ideal crossover slope and other characteristics for line-level crossovers feeding a two-way system?

Is there such thing as a passive line-level crossover? Are there considerations of creating mismatch between preamp output inpedence and the amplifiers' input impedence, by inserting a passive circuit?

- Rob
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Old 12th December 2004, 09:31 PM   #2
joensd is offline joensd  Germany
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If you donīt mind opamps you could build Rod Elliots 12dB/24dB-Linkwitz-active XO; works great for me.

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