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How do I use a 3 way crossover as a 2 way?

I have a pair of 3-way crossovers that I would like to use as 2-way crossovers. I would like to combine the mid range and low range outputs together. Is this possible and if so, how would I wire it? Thanks.

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to mention these are passive crossovers.

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I have a pair of 3-way crossovers that I would like to use as 2-way crossovers. I would like to combine the mid range and low range outputs together. Is this possible and if so, how would I wire it? Thanks.

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to mention these are passive crossovers.
This is a bad idea. Try something different.
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I have a pair of 3-way crossovers that I would like to use as 2-way crossovers. I would like to combine the mid range and low range outputs together. Is this possible and if so, how would I wire it? Thanks.

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to mention these are passive crossovers.
Passive crossovers are designed to suit specific drivers. Using them with drivers for which they were not designed usually results in poor sound. Three way crossovers have the crossover frequencies for three drivers, not two. Using it for a two way system would require you to give up treble, bass or midrange but you wouldn't get all three. Options.

1.Use an active crossover and modify the speakers for it.

2.learn to design and build a crossover network for the drivers you have, assuming you can get the driver parameters.

3.use a generic 2 way crossover and live with whatever sound it produces.

4. Buy some new speakers.
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Thanks for the replies!

I just thought there might be a way to wire the output of the crossover as a 2-way.

Right now I'm just using the crossover's high-range output wired to the crossover's original tweeters with different mid-range drivers (not going through the crossover) and it works OK. What's weird is when I try to use the mid-range output of the crossover to the different drivers, they don't work at all. Only high-range to the tweeters work. The resistance is the same (8 ohms) on these different drivers then what the crossover was designed for. I even tried putting a 4 ohm resistor (original woofer's resistance) on the low-range output and still nothing through the mid-range out. Sound like a bad crossover?
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