In case you hadn't seen it, JL has just introduced its own external crossover, the CR-1. It looks really good.
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At different times I've used a Marchand (xm44 IIRC) and an NHT x2. I prefer the NHT which is much quieter. Note: tube devices like the Marchand may vary greatly unit to unit, so I can't generalize and call all Marchands (or even all xm44s) "noisy". But, IME, it's a risk.
BTW, I currently cross in the digital domain with a pre-pro and think it's a better solution than either of the above, even tho it won't ever get the audiophile "Good Housekeeping" stamp of approval.