Active Crossover

I just bought a Behringer CX 3400 stereo 3 way active cross. I put in a CD I know very well and didn't like the way it sounded at all. I have it as a 2 way at the moment but am getting my 300B ready to do the mids.
I don't think the SE EL-34 was clipping on the Heil AMT-1, but maybe. I know the PP EL-34 amp was not clipping on the Altec 416s. I didn't have this with just the PP and a high and low pass using caps and chokes. I think it could be the active cross.
Some things sound quite good, but that is at 85 db or lower. I get it up in the 90s and close to 100 it starts to get garbled. I will listen to it more tomorrow and pay more attention to volume levels and types of music. The disc I played a while ago was the last of Johnny Cash's recordings, and I know it is of high quality. I should have the hair standing up on my arms instead of turning it down so I can stand to listen to it.
I haven't had the Behringer long and should be able to return it, but what should I get? This is a great disappointment.

David Thatcher
 
I just bought a Behringer CX 3400 stereo 3 way active cross. I put in a CD I know very well and didn't like the way it sounded at all. I have it as a 2 way at the moment but am getting my 300B ready to do the mids.
I don't think the SE EL-34 was clipping on the Heil AMT-1, but maybe. I know the PP EL-34 amp was not clipping on the Altec 416s. I didn't have this with just the PP and a high and low pass using caps and chokes. I think it could be the active cross.
Some things sound quite good, but that is at 85 db or lower. I get it up in the 90s and close to 100 it starts to get garbled. I will listen to it more tomorrow and pay more attention to volume levels and types of music. The disc I played a while ago was the last of Johnny Cash's recordings, and I know it is of high quality. I should have the hair standing up on my arms instead of turning it down so I can stand to listen to it.
I haven't had the Behringer long and should be able to return it, but what should I get? This is a great disappointment.

David Thatcher

You get what you pay for, and in this case you bought a very low-end unit. I know, because at one time I owned the 2-way version of this thing. Definitely not a recommended crossover. Get rid of it and get at least a dBx 234 or similar if this is the kind of gear you want to own. It will be much better quality. Also, if you are just dialing in some random crossover settings and expecting to get a good sounding loudspeaker from it you are probably setting yourself up for disappointment, regardless of how great your Johnny Cash recording!