What is the best way to integrate a sub into a 2 channel system?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Chris_B, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Chris_B

    Chris_B Extra

    Nov 12, 1999
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    I have looked at many of the threads relating to this subject but was unable to come away with any firm conclusion. I have a tube preamp and amp and bookshelf speakers plus an active sub. Please tell me if one of the following methods is considered best:
    1) Use the high level connections(speaker wire) from the amp and then to the speakers using the sub's crossover

    2) Use the low level connections (RCA) from my preamp to sub to amp using my sub's crossover

    3) Buy an eternal crossover (Outlaw ICBM) and place it between my pream and amp to send the low freqs to the sub (low level connection/RCA) and high freqs to the amp. I know that I need to disable my subs crossover in this case.

    With 2 and 3, I know that I would be relieving my amp of having to deal with the lower bass freqs and potentially improve the mids and highs but run the risk of the crossover causing problems.

    thanks for the advice,

  2. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

    Jun 24, 1999
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    1) is not a good choice to me.

    2) will work, but may not give you a perfect blend

    3) is your best bet, though more complicated and a bit more expensive.


    4) Run the speakers large and blend the sub in by ear (or BFD).

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