Crossover design books?

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  1. Joe Tilley

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    Are there any books around for crossover design or would they fall under speaker building?

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    "The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook" by Vance Dickason discusses crossover filter theory/practice. But nowadays, the better crossover designs come from measuring the response and impedance/phase of the drivers installed into the front baffle, and then using crossover design software to model the responses so they integrate smoothly.
    You can use the textbook filters out of books or use online filter calculators, like from Speakermania, but it won't be optimal because those filters are for perfectly behaving drivers, of which there aren't too many of them laying around. There's also a nice batch of tools from the FRD Group who provide speaker designer tools to design both the cabinets, driver placement, and crossover design.
    There's also Speaker Workshop which allows you to play with filters once you created the needed files (FRD or frequency response, and ZMA or Impedance response) for each driver. I've used this one just to play around with my ongoing project.
     
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    One problem you will find is that unless you have crossover modeling software, the books which explain a crossover don't have an audio title at all. This is basic circuit analysis, and is covered in the first two texts for any EE program.
     

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