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Old 22nd October 2002, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default outboard xover - enclosed or not?

i am planning to pull the xover out of the speaker box. currently, they are located at the bottom of the bass cabinet. there are no space elsewhere. however, the terminals are near the top of the whole speaker. as a result, the cables has to run from terminal high up, down to the bottom, and then back up to the drivers. i think that's probably less efficient.

anyway, my question is then, if i do pull them out, and they are pretty big. should i build a box and put them in there? i will have to raise this box up to the level of the terminals with a pair of speaker stand. if there is no sonic advantage, i may just leave them bare..
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Leaving them bare, might be actually a sonic advantage.
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The network will also run cooler, another advantage.
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Old 22nd October 2002, 02:18 AM   #4
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ah... thanks. i will leave them bare then.

since the entry point into the speaker is so high, i am thinking of getting a cheapo 30" speaker stand, mount a wooden board on top, and have the xover mounted on that.... anyone know of a good source for cheap speaker stand? IKEA?
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Regardless of what a lot of people may want to believe, there is no point in removing the crossover to the outside of the enclosure.

Surely you have more important things to do?
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Bill, I agree.
I moved my xovers to the outside of the boxes 'cause I thought I might get around to tweaking them...........I never have, and it's one more thing to be careful of when moving the cabs, one more thing for the kids to play with when you're not looking....
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Default Re: outboard xover - enclosed or not?

I think we all agree that this is not "user-friendly", but the question was...

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my question is then, if i do pull them out, and they are pretty big. should i build a box and put them in there? i will have to raise this box up to the level of the terminals with a pair of speaker stand. if there is no sonic advantage, i may just leave them bare..
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Regardless of what a lot of people may want to believe, there is no point in removing the crossover to the outside of the enclosure.

Surely you have more important things to do?
Bill, would you care to elaborate?
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Bill, I agree.
I moved my xovers to the outside of the boxes 'cause I thought I might get around to tweaking them...........I never have, and it's one more thing to be careful of when moving the cabs, one more thing for the kids to play with when you're not looking....
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more than a few times i have found myself having to tilt over my 150lb speakers, open up the bottom, unscrew the xovers and mod them. and i just ordered some new inductors so i think i'll have to do it again tonight. the moving and tilting and removing cones and hardfloor protector is a tedious process. and more than once i have unfortunately dug little holes onto the recently finished floor...
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Old 22nd October 2002, 08:59 PM   #10
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jmpsmash:

Maybe I should rephrase.

Aside from the convenience of easy tweaking, crossovers inside the box work just as well as those outside. Heat is not a problem.

As far a more important things to do, I retract that statement.
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