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Ed Lohr

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opinions on sub xover
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:54:40 pm »

I've been entertaining the idea of running my subs on an aux but not sure how I want to set the crossover point between the subs and the mains. Right now I run my SRX715s in passive mode and crossover the subs at 140Hz with a 24db LW slope and no overlap. I know some people don't like to have any overlap when crossing over between different bands but I'm thinking that if I run the SRXs as full range mains with a low cutoff around 60-70Hz, I would then want to set the low pass on the subs around 120-130Hz to get a little more low mid (chest thump) out of the system. Has anyone tried this?
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2012, 02:14:19 pm »

What are you using for subs?

I have my 715's high passed at 90 Hz with a LR 48 filter. My 718's are low passed at 88Hz with a LR 48 filter.

Overlapping filters can cause phasing issues.
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2012, 02:18:53 pm »

I've been entertaining the idea of running my subs on an aux but not sure how I want to set the crossover point between the subs and the mains. Right now I run my SRX715s in passive mode and crossover the subs at 140Hz with a 24db LW slope and no overlap. I know some people don't like to have any overlap when crossing over between different bands but I'm thinking that if I run the SRXs as full range mains with a low cutoff around 60-70Hz, I would then want to set the low pass on the subs around 120-130Hz to get a little more low mid (chest thump) out of the system. Has anyone tried this?

Club system setup yesterday. 2 single 18 Subs running 35-80...with sone wide parametric out of band EQ to smooth the top end out. Mackie HD1531 crossed at 90 and up. I am usually happier with no overlap and independent filters.
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 02:28:20 pm »

I've been entertaining the idea of running my subs on an aux but not sure how I want to set the crossover point between the subs and the mains. Right now I run my SRX715s in passive mode and crossover the subs at 140Hz with a 24db LW slope and no overlap. I know some people don't like to have any overlap when crossing over between different bands but I'm thinking that if I run the SRXs as full range mains with a low cutoff around 60-70Hz, I would then want to set the low pass on the subs around 120-130Hz to get a little more low mid (chest thump) out of the system. Has anyone tried this?

The "best" sound you can get is from a single source, referred to as a point source.  Once you introduce a second delivery of the sound from another source (speaker, strong reflection), the two sounds interact with both constructive and destructive interference.  This is often expressed by the term "comb filtering".

In attempting to get more "thump" out of your system by having multiple drivers delivering sound within the same range, you are also going to experience the problems associated with multiple-source delivery interference.

Learn what comprises the "thump" you want and give it to your speakers to reproduce.  If you simply need more volume, get louder speakers.
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 02:30:11 pm »

I've been entertaining the idea of running my subs on an aux but not sure how I want to set the crossover point between the subs and the mains. Right now I run my SRX715s in passive mode and crossover the subs at 140Hz with a 24db LW slope and no overlap. I know some people don't like to have any overlap when crossing over between different bands but I'm thinking that if I run the SRXs as full range mains with a low cutoff around 60-70Hz, I would then want to set the low pass on the subs around 120-130Hz to get a little more low mid (chest thump) out of the system. Has anyone tried this?

If you drive the subs louder than the tops (fairly common) you'd be better off with UNDERLAPPED crossover points.  The disproportionately LOUDER you run the subs, the higher the ACOUSTIC crossover becomes for them.

Not knowing anything else about your rig, I'd low pass the subs at ~90Hz and tops around 90-100Hz as a starting point.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2012, 10:29:39 pm by Tim McCulloch »
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 03:03:23 pm »

If you drive the subs louder than the tops (fairly common) you'd be better off with UNDERLAPPED crossover points.  The disproportionately LOUDER you run the subs, the higher the ACOUSTIC crossover becomes for them.

Not knowing anything else about your rig, I'd low pass the subs at ~90Hz and tops around 9-100Hz as a starting point.

Good point. When I do shows where the bass needs to be 5db or hotter than the tops I adjust my sub LP to keep from crapping up 100-150Hz.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2012, 08:05:53 pm »

Thanks for the input. I'll keep running it like I have been. Crossover at 130Hz 24bd slope and no overlap. Going to ditch the aux fed subs idea too and just continue to the use low cut filter on the channels that need it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2012, 09:12:08 pm »

Thanks for the input. I'll keep running it like I have been. Crossover at 130Hz 24bd slope and no overlap. Going to ditch the aux fed subs idea too and just continue to the use low cut filter on the channels that need it.

And the crossover will still be wrong. Look at Jonathan Betts post above. Those crossover points are correct for the 715. Low mid doesn't come from the sub, it comes from your 15" driver and if crossed correctly will knock you on your ass. Better yet go to the JBL web site and use their crossover points for the 715. You'll find them to be very close to Jonathans.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 09:58:45 pm »


And the crossover will still be wrong. Look at Jonathan Betts post above. Those crossover points are correct for the 715. Low mid doesn't come from the sub, it comes from your 15" driver and if crossed correctly will knock you on your ass. Better yet go to the JBL web site and use their crossover points for the 715. You'll find them to be very close to Jonathans.

Thanks I'll give that a try.
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Re: opinions on sub xover
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2012, 03:17:41 pm »

I've been entertaining the idea of running my subs on an aux but not sure how I want to set the crossover point between the subs and the mains. Right now I run my SRX715s in passive mode and crossover the subs at 140Hz with a 24db LW slope and no overlap. I know some people don't like to have any overlap when crossing over between different bands but I'm thinking that if I run the SRXs as full range mains with a low cutoff around 60-70Hz, I would then want to set the low pass on the subs around 120-130Hz to get a little more low mid (chest thump) out of the system. Has anyone tried this?

140hz crossover, really? There's no thump up that high, only annoying mud. Personally, I'd run your subs up to around 70-75hz, and your tops down to 85-90hz, 24dB BW on both ends.

There's nothing wrong with overlapping crossover points either. If the mains have enough oomph to deliver down to 50-60hz, then use it! As long as you can phase align the whole thing, it actually works really well!



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