Why not use an active crossover? Behringer makes an inexpensive one.
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Thanks for the responses. cleeds2: why would an active crossover be the right choice in my situation? The speakers have built in crossovers and I paid a member here, years ago, to improve them with better parts. I couldn't comment on what was done as my DIY skills in this area are non-existent but the sound noticeably improved. Clarity was increased as was the definition of images. Things were more focuses---you know, a veil was removed.
Elizabeth: I'm a transparency and resolution freak. I'm running source directly into the cleanest/most transparent amp(s) I can find at a price point so I can't follow your recommendation. I typically use an 805 based SET for the upper bass, mids, and tweeters but am using a bridged gainclone presently. I won't give up any transparency or detail in these areas. Thanks though for the input. Any ideas on minimalist active preamps to run the bass section anyone? Thanks!
why would an active crossover be the right choice in my situation?There are a lot of advantages to active biamplification. Passive crossovers are inefficient, so you’ll likely have less distortion using an active x-over. Also, with an active bi-amp setup, any clipping on one amp won’t have any influence over the other.
cleeds--would adding an active crossover, say an NHT X1 or X2, negate the need for an active preamp to increase the gain?I'm not familiar with those xovers, but you could try it. Personally, I'd never want to forsake using an active preamplifier.