Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by Deckard79, Feb 13, 2008.
What I want is not a crossover for a speaker box.
The only reason an active crossover could be considered less good than a passive one is because you need to have more amplifiers.
Literally everything (and I mean everything) is better using an active setup. Power handling, damping, crossover point doesn't move as stuff heats up, efficiency...
You can also tailor the amps to what they're doing. A lovely 20W class A is a great option if it's only running an efficient tweeter above 3k...
Also you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive and inevitably crap inductors
It'd be one thing if you could just use resistors and caps, but inductors just suck. They're expensive, fragile, the most non-ideal, susceptible to outside noise, huge...the list goes on.
I'd strongly consider going active with your project. It could work out cheaper than a mega complex passive network anyway - and you can re-use it for another project later if you choose...
Got my Schiit Lyr amp today. It's my first amp so I was curious to hear if it was better than the Essence ST's integrated amp for my HD650.
Indeed there's a big difference, the HD650 is coming alive like never before with much more energy and impact in the sound.
Currently I'm running 1x2134 and 2x2277 Burr Brown op-amps in the Essence ST, nice boomy tubey sound.
The cable on the HD650 is a Kimber cable that makes the sound sharper/punchier.
The Lyr came with a nice quality 1/8" to RCA cable, unfortunately I need RCA to RCA to connect to the ST's line-out so I'm using a cheap 1/8" to RCA adapter with the included cable.
- I wonder if SQ will be better with a high quality RCA to RCA cable?
Nice orange glowing tubes So far I'm happy with the amp, sounds fantastic with the HD650 and it's good to know it's future proof with it's 6W in case I eventually decide to upgrade to another headphone like the HE-6.