The speaker Crossover

What is a Crossover for speakers?

The speaker crossover is a vital part of any speaker. However, it may be difficult for the end user to understand what exactly a crossover is. The crossover cannot be seen due to the internal location within the speaker cabinet. For that reason the crossover can be a bit of a mystery. It will make you wonder: What exactly is the purpose of the crossovers? What does a crossover consists of and what does it do? And why are Peak´s crossovers in a superior category of their own?   

Generally speaking the most important function for a crossover is to separate frequencies and balance them. For this purpose the Peak loudspeaker crossover separates music signals into specific frequencies for each driver. In other words, the crossover adjusts the level of the drivers together and balance the frequency response. All Peak loudspeakers have an integrated equalization of the impedance. This makes the impedance curve exceptionally flat. As a result it adds a significant advantage for the amplifier because it can then easily perform as intended. Consequently, this means that the crossover does not trouble the amplifier with unwanted heavy loads. 

The Peak speaker crossover

Peak speakers are equipped with extreme high-quality components: capacitors, coils, and resistors. Obviously most of these parts are handmade. Each driver section has it´s own designated crossover. As a result our Peak speakers contains as many crossovers as they do drivers. To avoid microphonic effects, the separate parts are mounted using a special damping glue. For the same reason the finished crossover are totally separated from the driver cabinet! This crossover speaker philosophy means that no acoustic energy can influence or obstruct the intentions of the speaker crossover.

Furthermore, the selection of all crossover components and further development is done through countless listening session. We work together with our engineers in close cooperation with dedicated audiophiles. The sensitivity of human hearing is outstanding and as our ears can tell differences that cannot be measured. Therefore it is vital to the Peak team to complete our extreme speakers with these extraordinary “tools”. Find out where you can experience our high end speakers here

But most important, and perhaps because of that high crossover frequency, instrumental harmonic structures, and especially the human voice, were exceptionally lifelike and coherent. I can't think of a loudspeaker that better reproduces instrumental and vocal touches and textures. I could consistently rely on the Diablos to provide long evenings' worth of entertainment without producing boredom or fatigue. They always invited me in and never pushed me away."

​Review of the El Diablo by Michael Fremer and Stereophile.