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fEARful: MX21's bi-amp information
To switch between my fEARful 1212/6 internal passive "Cheap-But-Good" (CBG) crossover and an external bi-amp active crossover, I used a 4-pole double-throw (4PDT) switch. The 4 poles completely isolate the internal crossover when switched to the bi-amp position. I used a 4PDT switch with spade terminals:
There are several ways to configure your connectors for full range or bi-amp inputs from your amp. Following are some passive/bi-amp connection approaches.
Bi-amp with 2 speakon connectors. 1 speakon is for full range input to the passive crossover, the 2nd speakon is for bi-amp with 1+/1- for the low frequency input and 2+/2- for the high frequency input. Switch up for passive, down for bi-amp.
Bi-amp with 2 speakon connectors. With the switch in the bi-amp position (down), speakon 1 1+/1- is for the low frequency input and speakon 2 1+/1- is for the high frequency input. With the switch in the passive position (up), speakon 1 1+/1- is the full range input.
Bi-amp with 1 speakon connector. With the switch in bi-amp position (down), speakon 1+/1- for the low frequency input and 2+/2- for the high frequency input. With the switch in passive position (up), speakon 1+/1- is full range input to the passive crossover.
optional: ghosted in is parallel connections leading from the speakon to a second speakon, to be used for "daisy chaining" enclosures - greenboy
Here's what my completed connector cup connections between speakon, crossover, and 4PDT bi-amp switch hookup looks like:
I also built a custom bi-amp speakon cable. The dual-speakon Y features two 2-conductor speakons wired 1+/1-. One of those is for lowpass coming of an amplifier channel and the other speakon is for the highpass coming off the other amplifier channel. At the other end is a 4-conductor speakon wired 1+/1- from the LF speakon and 2+/2- from the HF speakon. This goes into the fEARful connector cup jack.
_______ 1+ 2-pole power amp 1+ ____________/ _____ 1- speakon channel A fEARful 4-pole 1- ______________/ enclosure speakon 2+ ______________ 2- ____________ \_____ 1+ 2-pole power amp \_______ 1- speakon channel B
Note1: The CBG passive crossover wires the midrange in reverse polarity to that of the woofers. For bi-amp, the mid+ and mid- go to the 2+ and 2- pins of the speakon respectively. I can do any polarity reversals as needed with the external active crossover.
Note2: Two Neutrik speakon jacks can be put next to each other on the enclosure's connector cup and wired in parallel to supply a pass through signal for "daisy-chaining" to a second fEARful that is wired identically.
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