Originally Posted by HTNUT1975
I'm a happy owner of GE products since last fall. I own a 5.1 system with Triton 5's (fronts), a supercenter XL, and two Aon 3's (for surrounds). My sub, at the moment, is an SVS SB12, which I had in my old system with budget pioneer speakers. My AVR is a Denon 4520. I picked the T5's over the active Tritons because it seemed like a simpler configuration, I figured I would get a sub or two down-the-road that would match the quality output of the GE's I now possess (thereby making up for any bass deficiency in comparison to, say, the Triton 2+), and especially this--the midrange drivers are larger than any of the Triton midrange drivers, whether active or passive Tritons (which I guess I equated with "better" in some sense--perhaps fuller?). I need some conceptual help here so I can understand more what I'm hearing.
I've been fiddling with the AVR crossovers for a while, now (between my speakers and sub). I keep switching back and forth between 60 and 80 for the longest of time and I'm still not sure which I like better. I'm wondering what the frequency range is on the drivers of my speakers. I know the overall range, based on the literature, of each speaker, but I don't know the range between the drivers. For example--what's the frequency range of the mids and where does that start bleeding into the passive radiators? I ask because I'm curious just how much I'm losing from the radiators when my crossover is at 80 compared to 60. How much am I losing with the T5's compared to the Aon 3's? I wish there were tones that I could play through the system that covered a range of frequencies so I could really nail down what's being outputted by the speakers vs. the sub. To this day, I really don't know exactly what sounds I should be listening for in the various ranges (e.g., what's the frequency range of an electric bass on a good rock song?). Just asking for a little education from my fellow GoldenEar friends. I've had way too much caffeine way too late in the day, so... sorry for the rambling!!
Here's a review that shows the measurements of the T5's individual drivers and the PRs:http://www.stereophile.com/content/g...pcLpUizhiSZ.97
But you don't have to worry about the drivers themselves because the PRs cannot be turned off and are still part of the system.
The question of crossover frequency has been much discussed and debated, and the general rule is 80Hz, but the difference between 80 or 60 here isn't much. If you like to play music loudly, then I'd go with 80. If you play at moderate or low volumes, 60 might be better. Why? As you turn up the volume control, a smaller driver has to work considerably harder than a larger driver.
Your room, not your speakers as much, will determine how to crossover your speakers. Some rooms take the T5s down well into the 30Hz range, while very large rooms might need way more subwoofer power to get the same result as the very small room.
You can buy a $100 microphone and download free software (REW) to play test tones and take some measurements. That's really the best way to find out not only which crossover setting makes sense, but it will also allows you to find the best location of your speakers and subs.