I'm doing a stereo install / upgrade. My new HU has some special capabilities, mainly it can act as a 3-way active crossover (H-M-L, instead of the standard front/rear/sub outputs). I am seriously considering going this way? But am also freaked out about destroying my speakers.
Has anyone done an active crossover stereo setup?
Do I absolutely need to use three separate amps for the high, medium, low? Or, can I use my single 5-channel amp? I ask because all the info on active crossover show using separate amps but never explain why.
As I understand it I'll need to turn off the passive crossovers on my amp, and probably cut the passive crossovers off my speakers. This is where I am somewhat freaked out.
Here is the gear I have for the stereo now:
Head unit: Pioneer DEH-80PRS
Amplifier: Alpine MRX-V70
Speakers: Alpine SPR-60C (front doors), Alpine SPR-60 (back doors), JL Stealthbox 10" W3v3 subwoofer
I guess I'd have to find a way to cable the tweeters and woofers in the 2way speakers in the rear doors separately. And I guess I'd need 4 channels for tweets and 4 channels for the woofers, and 1 for the sub. Geez! And I'm not even sure that would work out right. Seems like most folks doing an active setup leave out the rear speakers altogether. I'm not sure if I'd like that.
Anyway, I'm starting tomorrow. Going to wrap my doors with Dynamap and see how far I get from there. Plan to be finished by next weekend. I'll have time to cable things either way so please weigh in if you've tried an active setup.