Why prior to the preamp? How will you control volume for all channels that way? Usually, the crossover is in or after the preamp. Also, what are you connecting up?
I use a Velodyne SMS -1 (between pre & power amp) with great success. The unit has room analysis and PEq along with a very flexible low pass x-over and a basic high pass x-over (fixed @80hz, 12db/octave). If you need a different high pass set-up for your mains, you can afford a good one because the SMS is available on-line for $600.
Well this is very helpful everyone.
Kal -- you've smoked me out. I can't follow your good advice on a one-box solution (e.g., Anthem Pre/Pro) without compeletly reworking my room, my cabinets, and my equipment.
My goal was to try to get the analog right (either PL-1a or DAC) to a balanced analog pre-amp. But my Wilson Benesch Curve speakers only go down to 35 Hz. I need to do some very careful listening, but I believe they sound better when I do not pass a full range signal to them, but leave 60 Hz and below to the subwoofer (currently a Totem Thunder).
I have XTZ coming to measure the room and figure out how big of an issue my room is. But I was trying to get the analog right first, and then figure out the best approach to RCS, especially since the one-box solution doesn't work for me.
anyway, hope this makes some sense. Regardless all you -- your response are sure helpful. Thanks!
Marty, according to the manual page 7, the Velodyne SMS-1 (like all Velodyne products that I know of) uses a first order (6dB/octave) high pass filter.
Dan, I answered this on your other post. I'd consider an NHT X2 filter. It's not very deep and should fit your cabinets.
JL Audio (as well as SVS) have suggested crossovers from Rane for use with their products.
I have a marchand XM44 I have just about finished assembling, and will provide a sound evaluation in the next week or so. I have had the XM26, which is good with Ss, a bit too soft for tubes IMHO.
The best is the Pass, no question. But the price of admission is not cheap....but if you want the best and can pay the piper, grab it, it is likely to not be the weakest link in you system.