Loudspeaker engineering : How to design speaker crossovers
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Loudspeaker engineering : How to design speaker crossovers

Learn how to design a passive crossover network. Five examples of crossovers (2-way, 3-way) in different enclosures.
4.7 (32 ratings)
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208 students enrolled
Created by Marius Tanasescu
Last updated 1/2019
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Design 2-way and 3 way crossovers
  • Achieve linear frequency response

  • Align the speaker drivers in phase

  • Pick the right components for audio applications
  • Basics on electrical engineering
  • How to assemble a crossover board
  • Learn basic soldering
Requirements
  • Basic knowledge about electrical circuits.
  • Finished Acoustics 101 course.
  • Finished acoustics 201 course.
Description

Design you own speaker crossover

This course is the last piece in the loudspeaker design process. You will learn how to use the FRD and ZMA files (check Acoustics 201 course) to design 2-way and 3-way crossovers. These designs will be done in XSim which is a free application. Crossover design, while it does have some general guidelines, it's unique for every crossover. For this reason, 5 different types of enclosures have been built for this course : two 2-way bass reflex bookshelf speakers, a 3-way bass reflex, a sealed MTM and a 3-way bass reflex floorstanding speaker with dual woofers. This way you will get a better understanding on how the process works. It takes not only knowledge, but also intuition and experience when designing a crossover.

Specific circuits for crossover design

Besides the basic filtering for speakers (1st order, 2nd order, etc), there are other circuits which are implemented to correct the frequency and the phase response of the system. Since we have 5 examples to play with, we have enough crossover projects to go through most of these in a practical way. To mention some of the circuits : impedance equalization circuit, attenuation pad, baffle step compensation, ladder delay network, notch filter, and more.

Testing the new crossovers

Designing a crossover on your computer is convenient but we will also test it out. I have a large amount of electrical components, capacitors, inductors and resistors, from small to large values. After we design the crossover in XSim, we will assemble a prototype crossover and check how it measures and how it sounds. Some tips and tricks on how to make your life easier and what to avoid when building a prototype.

Building a crossover network

Building a crossover network will require some handy work. You will need to be aware of the size and material of the board, how and where you place your components. What will you use to fix the components to the board. How to make sure the components won't rattle about. Unavoidably you will acquire some basic soldering skills as well.


At the end of this course, and by taking the previous 2 courses as well, you will be able to fully design from scratch your own multi-way loudspeaker.

Who this course is for:
  • DIY-ers who want to make multi-way loudspeakers
  • Audiophiles who want to learn how to make their own custom crossover
  • Those who want to extend their knowledge about electro-acoustics.
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 04:50:26
+ Passive electrical components
5 lectures 23:32
Crossover components overview + Resistors
03:13
Capacitors
06:03
Inductors
04:27
Objective
05:37
Basic circuit diagram
04:12
+ Additional electrical circuits
6 lectures 34:18
Diagram basics
11:09
Attenuation L-pad
05:03
Baffle step compensation circuit
05:38
Zobel network
03:43
Series notch filter
04:58
+ 2-way bookshelf - Example 1
5 lectures 38:57
Presentation and speaker selection
06:33
Enclosure description
02:29
Measurements
08:43
Crossover design
15:29
+ MTM speaker
4 lectures 35:08
Description
10:26
Measurements
07:09
Crossover design
12:47
Prototype crossover
04:46
+ 2-way bookshelf - Example 2
3 lectures 33:49
Description
07:14
Crossover design
19:54
Ladder delay network
06:41
+ 3-way bookshelf
2 lectures 28:37
Description
07:37
Crossover design
21:00
+ 3-way floorstanding speaker
2 lectures 35:22
Description
14:51
Crossover design
20:31
+ Crossover build
6 lectures 55:46
Component voltage and power requirements
05:05
Component values
06:09
Inductor placement
05:18
Crossover build bass side
16:04
Crossover build tweeter side
17:44
Finishing touches
05:26