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Technology that continues to have its place in the world of first-class sound enjoyment

On : 19. Apr 2024 / In : All

Analog crossovers are by no means "out" or outdated. They still have their place and are used successfully in many audio applications. Their use is particularly popular in high-end high or fidelity systems and audio products where sonic purity and simplicity are valued.

Analog (passive) crossovers also have the advantage of reliability and uncomplicated operation. They do not require their own power supply, have fewer electronic components and are therefore less prone to technical failures.

Furthermore, analog crossovers work without software and are generally much more durable and require less maintenance than active components. This leads to a long (sometimes decades-long) service life of the crossovers and reduces the need for regular repairs or spare parts. Last but not least, any repairs can be easily carried out by almost anyone. Another important aspect is production and disposal. Active amplifier-DSP combinations often require complex production with numerous electronic components, which not only consume resources in production, but can also make environmentally friendly disposal difficult. In contrast, analog crossovers consist of fewer components and are also easier to recycle. Overall, crossovers therefore offer a more sustainable option for audiophiles who want to contribute to efficiency as well as high-quality sound. Through their energy efficiency, longevity and greener manufacturing, analog crossovers help to support sustainability goals in audio technology.

Another important aspect that underlines the benefits of passive crossovers is where the components are manufactured. In contrast to active amplifier-DSP combinations, where the electronic components often come from Asia, our Intertechnik coils, capacitors and crossovers as well as damping material (Sonofil, Tyrotex, Damping) are manufactured in Germany. This not only helps to strengthen the regional economy, but also reduces the ecological footprint, dependence on global supply chains and facilitates a faster response to customer requirements.

In summary, passive crossovers are the first choice for discerning audiophiles.

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