Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Barend, Jul 16, 2005.
Do I need special speakers for that?
I know I can place the crossover in front of the amps.
Depends on the speakers' crossovers. Units designed for biwiring have split crossovers, where the HF and LF paths are totally independent. If you want to put an active crossover ahead of the amps, you really want the speaker drivers directly wired to the amps. If they don't support this configuration (most don't), simply open them up and rewire, which will totally void your warranty, of course.
A serious caveat here is that the tweeters must have proper protection against power-on thumps and the like from their amp - a simple inline capacitor should suffice in most cases.
When you first power up, do so at *really* low volume until you're certain the bass units are getting the low frequencies and the tweeters the high...
It's worth contacting your speaker manufacturer. Some speakers and systems really start to shine when active. Others aren't so hot.
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