My latest audio project


floppybootstomp

sugar 'n spikes
Moderator
Joined
Mar 5, 2002
Messages
20,250
Reaction score
1,753
I like to make audio stuff, could say it's a hobby I guess and my idea for my latest project came from the January issue of Elektor magazine. Elektor is a European magazine based in Holland and Germany and has been in existence ever since I can remember, certainly as far back as the seventies.

In the January issue the magazine published plans for a three way active crossover. Crossovers are used in loudspeakers and are typically 2 or 3 way and divide audio frequencies up to drive different loudspeaker drivers. Treble to tweeters, mid to, er, mid and bass to bass.

This is usually done with passive components, typically resistors, capacitors and inductors. This method leads to some deterioration of the audio signal sometimes particularly in mass produced loudspeakers where cheap components are used.

An alternative way of dividing frequencies is with an electronic circuit and this is known as an active crossover. And that's what I'm going to build. And I'll also be making a three way loudspeaker system to use with it. Active crossovers are commonly used in concert hall and club public address systems where the three frequencies are fed to three different amplifiers or multiples thereof to drive the bass bins, mid range units and high frequency horn loudspeakers.

Some years ago I actually made a three way active crossover from another Elektor design and used it with three stereo amplifiers and various loudspeakers to drive my disco sound system, it totalled about 1200 watts at the time. This was around the early nineties as I recall.

I have bought the printed circuit boards from Elektor, a case from an Italian manufacturer named Modu and have gathered all the electronic components needed for the project. I also have a pair of suitable tweeters and some loudspeaker connector terminal panels for the mid/top cabinets.

To power the mid and top drivers I have two Mosfet amplifiers that I've already made, these are about 5 watts per channel and sound very good indeed. I need something a little more powerful to drive the bass units, I may use a valve amplifier I made, that's about 10 watts per channel or I may make a solid state (chip or transistor) amp around 30 watts per channel.

I have yet to gather the mid and top loudspeaker units and of course I have to make the cabinets.

This is the loudspeaker design I will probably use: https://sites.google.com/site/undefinition/tarkus

This is the Mosfet amp that I've a pair of: http://www.firstwatt.com/pdf/art_amp_camp_1.pdf

I'm not really quite sure why I'm doing this, I'm very happy with my existing audio system(s) right now but I suppose this just looked like an interesting thing to do.

Coupla pix of components ready to be put together:

490.jpg


486.jpg


Circuit diagram of crossover:

Crossover cct diag 800.jpg
 
Last edited:
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jul 11, 2010
Messages
5,758
Reaction score
552
Good luck with that Mr Flops, please let us know how you get on. I admire blokes like you as that is something I couldn't do as I do not have the knowledge or the patients, good luck with your project.:nod::thumb::thumb::nod:
 

Ian

Administrator
Joined
Feb 23, 2002
Messages
19,752
Reaction score
1,414
Can't wait to see how this pans out :) - this is my favorite type of thread!

How does it work with Elektor, do they list several projects in each issue and you can buy the PCB from them directly (but source components elsewhere)? I'm just looking at their website now and it looks right up my street.
 

muckshifter

I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition.
Moderator
Joined
Mar 5, 2002
Messages
25,662
Reaction score
1,159
watching with great interest.

I once did a 'project' that acted as an Indian smoke signaling camp fire ... It wasn't supposed to do that.


:user:
 

floppybootstomp

sugar 'n spikes
Moderator
Joined
Mar 5, 2002
Messages
20,250
Reaction score
1,753
Thanks for the comments folks.

How does it work with Elektor, do they list several projects in each issue and you can buy the PCB from them directly (but source components elsewhere)? I'm just looking at their website now and it looks right up my street.

That's about it Ian, they (usually) can sell you the pcb and you supply everything else.

I should also point out that I'm notoriously slow in getting these things off the ground so don't hold your breath everybody ;)

I expect I'll finish and test the crossover itself fairly quickly but putting together the loudspeaker cabinets and choosing/building the third amplifier will probably take a little longer.

btw, the crossover has three 20K presets for level adjust per frequency but I've decided to fly these functions to six normal pots mounted on the case front panel. I couldn't find 20K lin pots from my usual suppliers so I bought six 22k lin pots.

The audio input signal is through a board mounted three pin XLR socket and I may change that to a case mounted XLR socket for convenience as it may be a little difficult to line the pcb's up against the rear case panel, cutting holes for the board-mounted XLR sockets.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Taffycat

Crunchy Cat
Joined
Jun 1, 2006
Messages
11,872
Reaction score
958
Sounds like a very interesting project Sir Flopps. I always admire your organisation - everything set-out neatly before you begin. Somehow, I cannot imagine you ever having to rummage around to find bits and pieces; there they all are, waiting to be used. Very nice indeed. :thumb:
 

muckshifter

I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition.
Moderator
Joined
Mar 5, 2002
Messages
25,662
Reaction score
1,159
I cannot imagine you ever having to rummage around to find bits and pieces; there they all are, waiting to be used.

He's a Man. :nod:


He could, however, be an exception to the rule.

I'm pretty organised as well, I know where me fridge is. :p
 
Ad

Advertisements

Becky

Webmistress
Joined
Mar 25, 2003
Messages
7,424
Reaction score
1,511
Looks like a very interesting project, I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses :)
 
Ad

Advertisements


Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Similar Threads


Top