Active Crossover Schematic Circuit Diagram

Given below is an Active crossover circuit suitable for HiFi audio systems using LM833, the dual operational amplifier.


Crossover circuits are of two types, active and passive. A passive crossover circuit uses passive components only and they are very simple, but they waste a considerable amount of energy and also induce distortion. Active crossovers do not have the above-said drawbacks and they are a better option for HiFi audio systems. Active crossovers split the incoming complex audio signal into two bands, a low frequency out and a high frequency out. These two bands a separately amplified by two power amplifier stages, one tuned to the low-frequency band and the other tuned to the high-frequency stage respectively (bi-amping).

The cross-over circuit given here uses LM833 National Semiconductors. LM833 is a dual operational amplifier specially designed for audio applications. The circuit requires four opamps and so two LM833 ICs are used here. The circuit can be divided into two parts, a high pass filter section, and a low pass filter section. IC2b forms a first-order Butterworth low pass filter circuitry and the low frequency out is available at its output pin (pin1). The high frequency out is available at pin 7 of IC1a. For the given components crossover frequency is 1KHz and it is according to the equation Fc = 1/(2πRC).

Active Crossover Circuit Diagram:

Active Crossover Schematic Circuit Diagram


  • Assemble the circuit on a good quality PCB.
  • The circuit can be powered using a +15/-15 V DC dual supply.
  • LM833s must be mounted on holders.
  • R and C can be changed for getting different crossover frequencies.

The LM833-N is a dual general-purpose operational amplifier designed with particular emphasis on performance in audio systems.

This dual amplifier IC utilizes new circuit and processing techniques to deliver low noise, high speed, and wide bandwidth without increasing external components or decreasing stability. The LM833-N is internally compensated for all closed loop gains and is therefore optimized for all preamp and high-level stages in PCM and HiFi systems. The LM833-N is pin-for-pin compatible with industry-standard dual operational amplifiers.


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