Audiophile Crossovers

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AUDIOPHILE CROSSOVERS

Active crossovers means the system has to have an amplifier for each  driver.

Many people have been amazed and delighted with the Behringer DCX2496. Its capabilities are truly incredible and the flexibility and ease of configuration (once you get on top of the steep learning curve) have been a joy to many audiophiles and more than a few speaker designers. With pricing under $300 its price/capability ratio is off the scale. Somewhat spotty QC and problematic distribution policies have been the flies in the ointment. However, quality may be improving over the past few years and the price hasn't budged.  Note that several companies upgrade the Behringers for improved sound quality.

There are other similar products.  Here is a summary of the crossovers we know of. Most are from the pro world and require XLR connectors but Marchand is a well-known audiophile supplier. 

DBX DriveRack PA - Complete EQ And Loudspeaker Management System 

Stereo 3 way xover, one source analog only inputs, parametric capability, pink noise generator,  gain control on inputs and outputs, phase adjustment

Peavey VSX 26 

Stereo 3 way xover, 3 inputs analog and digital, parametric eq capability, pink, white noise, sine generator, crossover types fully adjustable Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley, 5 degree phase adjustment, Real Time Analyzer 

KlarkTeknik DN3848E 

Stereo 4 way xover, 4 inputs analog and digital, parametric eq capability, pink, white noise, sine generator, crossover types fully adjustable Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley, 5 degree phase adjustment Input and output gain control

ElectroVoice Dx38 

Stereo 2 way xover, 1 inputs analog only, parametric eq capability, pink noise generator, crossover types fully adjustable Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley, 5 degree phase adjustment Input and Output gain control 

Real Time Analyzer

Marchand

Completely variable configurations in analog only with solid state and tube options. Custom crossover cards, Newform crossover cards readily available.

DBX DriveRack PA

Stereo 3 way xover, 1 input analog and digital, parametric eq capability, crossover types fully adjustable Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley, 5 degree phase adjustment.

DEQX

DEQX offers both digital crossovers and room correction with pre-amp capabilities.

Tact / Lyngdorf

Tact may be gone but there is a large overlap of capability with Lyngdorf.  Peter Lyngdorf was a principal in the Tact startup so there is no lack of experience in the design of Lyngdorf products which feature digital crossovers and room correction.

Hypex

 Hypex produces a broad range of amplifiers, some of which incorporate fairly sophisticated crossovers.

www.hypex.nl

Onkyo

Onkyo is now building some basic crossover capability into several of it's receivers.  Combined with the quite sophisticated Audyssey room correction, it can produce superb results.

www.onkyo.com

 

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