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Chapter 1: Crossover Basics > 1.12 Multi-Way Connectors

1.12  Multi-Way Connectors

A multi-way cable requires multi-way connectors. It would be nice if active crossovers became so popular that a committee designed a special connector for us (like the HDMI connector, for example), but realistically that isn’t likely to happen soon. It is therefore worth looking at what existing connectors are capable of meeting our needs. What we must strive to avoid is a connector configuration already in common use, because in the real world people are prone to plug stuff into any socket that will physically accept it.

XLR connectors have the benefit of being fairly familiar, but they only go up to 7 pins. This is fine for 3-way balanced use, but only allows unbalanced 6-way operation (six audio feeds plus a common ground). Since we are dealing with higher-end systems, it seems inappropriate to rule out balanced operation.


  

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