Sorry for the intrusion.
The quality of a crossover is not determined by it's number of parts. (In fact some would argue the opposite) :Rather the quality of the parts used and the design being a right fit for the speaker.
Neither an elaborate or simple approach is right or wrong, it is what is right for the speaker.
I see quality parts on each:
On the CX crossover: Hand wound, large wire, air core conductors, Solen and WIMA capacitors.
On the other, Lots of Solen caps (very good) and a mix of air core and iron core inductors.
If you are looking at a three way (or more) design, the part count goes up. If you add in notch filtering, part count goes up. All passive crossovers create some insertion loss. Every part in the chain will have an effect. The inductor usually being the biggest offender.
I am also confused by the "enhanced mid-bass" comment? You cannot boost on a passive crossover, you can only cut frequencies using passive filters.
Again, sorry for the intrusion (apologies Jeff) but your comment was in regards to component quality, yet the contrast you drew was only to point out a greater number of components on a board pictured. Which is not the measure of quality, rather the differences in design to get the desired performance of the speaker in question.
Originally Posted by RMK!
I think it is really important to have perspective on this. There are differences in component quality that lead to performance delta's.
Below are the RA CX10 crossover:
And a JTR Noesis crossover:
Now, the actual audible differences in these two crossovers may be difficult to hear and something like enhanced midbass might be more important to someone based upon their personal preferences. While audible differences may be subjectively small the differences in built quality and engineering of these two effectively hidden components is very apparent.
For me, it's like the difference between an Omega watch and a Casio. Both keep time and from a pure utility standpoint may be indistinguishable. But when I wear a watch I have a 35 year old Omega on my wrist. I like.