Pass XVR-1 is an all analog programmable crossover with balanced ins and outs. I use one in place of the stock electronic crossover that came with my Apogee Studio Grands and it is much more transparent.
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The verdict is in on the LE1...due to non availability of replacement parts not repairable. Have narrowed replacement decision to a new amp and an active crossover (the TaCT and Lybgdorf options for room correction add cost for something I feel I don't need). Candidates for new amp are Wyred for Sound, Red Dragon or anything else on the class D family. II think Class D is what I need to get power rating similar to my Krell Evo 600s (600 WPC). Any recommendations?
For the crossover, considering Marchand XM 44 or Bryston B10. The Bryston has more adjustment capability, but is around $2k more than the Marchand...not sure if the added cost is something from which I will benefit. I am pretty confident I can explain my system to Phil Marchand, and get the correct XM44 with set crossover frequencies and slopes to integrate my two revel Sub 15s with my Revel Salons.
I also have an offer to buy a used LE1 as a replacement, but think I will pass; would not make much sense to replace one unrepairable component with the same--don't want this problem again in a couple years.
Any comments/suggestions for me?
I think I have a plan. Two Red Dragon M1000 mono amps (500/1000 WPC 8/4 ohms), a crossover from Marchand, and advice from Revel on crossover frequency/slopes...was leaning toward the Bryston crossover since it is adjustable, but think if I get all three experts to converse can nail the right specifications. Thanks to Ryan from Red Dragon, Phil Marchand, and Jason from Revel...
Of course, this will also mean I need additional power cords, and another XLR interconnect...
Should at least rival the performance of the LE 1 and I am confident it will surpass it, which was pretty phenomenal to begin with.
I also am anxious to hear the improvement from another sorta home made tweak. Arnold from Core designs sent me a couple extra shelves for one of his racks; I filled the cavity with sand, and mounted some Herbie's Tenderfeet underneath and the subs sit on top of these...should decouple the subs from the floor, and it looks awesome with some LED lights underneath...