Originally Posted by ldgibson76
Congrats on the acquistion of the active crossover!
At first, I was wondering how you would benefit from it. But, you answered that....noise level! What do you feel was causing the low-level hiss/hum in your system?
I have the low-level hum only when I use the DLO Docking station with the iPOD. I contribute that to poor design by DLO, being that the power supply is right next to the analog stage. That's why I wanted to get the Apple TV. But that is not the end all either.
I look forward to seeing the new photos.
Again, it was a pleasant surprise to get your pm. Not to mention that everyone here is happy you're back!
Yeah, my initial impression of the crossover was positive, despite the fact that I was expecting the worst. I know my post above was a bit unclear and confusing in that I was happy there was no change in sound
. What I meant was nothing changed in terms of soundstage, placement of instruments and vocal reproduction which I so much tried to achieve given my current gear. Aaron helped me a lot, he suffered through a few pm's going back and forth between us...
I have been experimenting with it and it really does what it's supposed to: take some pressure off the mains in the low range allowing them to excel at mids and highs. Although the difference is not easily noticeable (as the Monitors are great speakers) I'd say they sound a bit fuller. Not a lot, but as you know, every bit of improvement in our hobby is a win.
As for the hum, oh well... I won't talk about what I've done to isolate it because it's too long a list but it had something to do with the sub and amp not getting along. I went so far as to load both the sub and the 120lb amp in my truck and drove over to Pass Labs where Mr. Nelson himself checked out the amp, ran measurements and all that right in front of me, in the lab. Amp checked out great.
The crossover must act as a buffer because my system is REALLY quiet now. It was quiet before but now it's to my likin'!!
I recently came across the 2L site and downloaded some classical music in 24 bit 96khz 2ch, 24 bit 192khz 2 ch and 24 bit 96khz in 6 channel FLAC files. Foobar2k played them as expected and it sounded great! I was amazed these files were encoded between 3000 and 6000 kbps this is insane especially when a regular FLAC starts at approx. 700 kbps and up.
I will post pics of the crossover in the next couple of days. It now sits on an empty beer carton because the cables to the amp were not long enough (thinking ahead for cable management purpses), and the carton was the perfect height. I will not insert it into it's final place just yet because a move might be in order. We'll see...