Why would you be concerned about blowing drivers?Hi guys,
Just thought I'd seek some advice from any of you guys that have converted your passive speakers to active speakers with a DEQX HDP-3.
Am a little bit worried about blowing the drivers, especially the tweeters and mids with if I do this. Will be running Emotiva XPA-1's for the bass drivers (2x Seas W21EX-001 wired parallel - 4 ohm load) and an Emotiva XPA-5 for the Mids (2x Seas Excel W11CY-002 wired in parallel - 4 ohm load) and Tweeter (Seas Excel T25-001).
Any advice at all would be most appreciated!
Have a good Easter guys!
If you play the speakers at the same SPL active as you did with passive, they will be getting about the same amount of power and they weren't damaged then were they?. If you then crank it wildly louder than you did before with the DEQX in place, then there is a risk, but no more so than if you brought a very high power amp home and used that with the passive version, and were foolish with the volume control. Remember, you are in control of the system.
The steeper slopes possible on the xover section of the DEQX will be beneficial in this regard as well if you use them as they will lower further the excursion at the bottom of each driver's range. Do however be cautious with the EQ as the DEQX will allow a lot.
I ran a pair of 15W rated vintage Celestions on a 400W/ch amp recently for a few months. No damage as I didn't turn it up past where they sounded strained - they probably never got more than a few W continuous.
Relax and enjoy the DEQX. It's a brilliant unit. I have a friend who has one in hi system and it is one of the two best sounding systems I have ever heard, bar none. It's a very, very capable and powerful piece of kit.