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I'm pretty green with this stuff. Have a Minidsp CDSP-DL 8x12 that I'm slowly learning to use. I keep seeing words to the effect of "set the desired crossover points and slopes" in setup guides, but how the heck do I determine exactly what those are? As of now, I've been pretty much arbitrarily picking points, while sticking with LR24 slopes. Beyond keeping the tweeter high pass well above Fs, and midwoofer low pass below beaming point, I feel adrift in a willy-nilly selection process. I'm just starting to learn REW, which I assume will play a role.

Anyone have quick & easy, tried & true steps to at least get in the proper ballpark? Not looking for instant perfection, and I realize it will take time to narrow it down to a "perfect" choice, but in the meantime it would be fantastic to get the stereo to, say, 80% fairly soon! :)
 

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Thanks. It's a 2-way setup. I've basically been earballing the crossovers, but that has proven to be a bit maddening! I've been able to get it to sound good, although I feel like my lack of experience is leaving quite a bit out.
 

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OK. Thanks for the starting points & "do it by ear for now" encouragement. I did some rudimentary measurements in REW, but not too sure what to do with that in terms of crossover settings. Optimistic I'll get there eventually - hard to be patient when I feel pretty close to the finish line, but patient I must remain. :)
 

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in my experience level setting is more critical than XO settings. Its so easy to think something sounds harsh and blame it on XO settings when in fact your levels are off.
Interesting. I did the "5 channel" initial Dirac run to get TA & levels, although my ears told me the right woofer was too loud. Is there a better way to ensure levels?
 

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Thanks, guys. I do have a UMIK-1 that came with the miniDSP and have REW on the laptop, although I'm just barely learning how to use it. It seems that RTA is the way to zero in, but my lack of experience with it has me going by ear for now. So the idea is to measure the individual drivers without crossovers (except a safety high pass for the tweeters), determine where they naturally roll off, and set the crossover points to more or less match those points? And I suppose use my ears to fine-tune the points once RTA has gotten them in the ballpark?
 
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