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CFX 3.

24 ELECTRONIC CROSSOVER
Clip 1
Low Mid High

Channel 1
0 0

Low/Mid
85

Frequency Mid/High 0
Mid Mute

Clip 2
0
Low Mid High
High Mute

Channel 2
0 0

Low/Mid

Frequency Mid/High 0 0
Mid Mute High Mute

Low Mute

Low Mute

50
-

+6

+6 Low

45

CFX3.24 Crossover

Input Level

Mid Output Level

High

+6

hLow+ 6

Input Level

Mid Output Level

High

IMPORTANT
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE INSTALLATION!!!

The quality of installation may affect the performance and reliability of your Crossfire signal processor. Please take a few minutes to read the manual carefully. The time you spend on installation will prove to be worthwhile when it's time to listen to your investment. If you have any doubts or questions regarding installation or use, you may wish to contact your local authorized Crossfire Car Audio dealer or call Crossfire at 562-483-8111 for further assistance.

SPECIFICATIONS

Crossover frequencies -Highpass -Mid (Bandpass) Highpass Lowpass -Lowpass Crossover slope Output level Input level Input impedance Output impedance Frequency response T . H . D . Channel separation Signal to noise ratio Power fuse Dimensions

continually variable between 400Hz and 4.8KHz continually variable between 45Hz and 550Hz continually variable between 400Hz and 4.8KHz continually variable between 45Hz and 550Hz octave VRMS Volts ohms ohms 40KHz . 0 1 % >80dB >100dB 3 Ampere 19(W) x 6.75(L) x 1.75(H) in. 24 dB per to 8 to 6 10K 150 10Hz to

CFX3.24

FEATURES
1 2
Clip 1
Low Mid High

7
Low/Mid

10 6

3
Clip 2

5 6

7
Low/Mid

10

Channel 1
0 0

Frequency Mid/High 0
Mid Mute

Channel 2
0 0

Frequency Mid/High 0 0
Mid Mute High Mute

Low Mute

85

Low Mid High


High Mute

Low Mute

50
-

+6

+6 Low

45

CFX3.24 Crossover

Input Level

Mid Output Level

High

+6

hLow+ 6

Input Level

Mid Output Level

High

1. L.E.D. Power Indicator This LED indicator illuminates when the unit is properly powered and the source unit is turned on. 2. Clip 1 These indicators illuminate when the level of the corresponding output of channel 1 is reaching the maximum of 8VRMS and/or the signal is clipping. 3. Clip 2 These indicators illuminate when the level of the corresponding output of channel 2 is reaching the maximum of 8VRMS and/or the signal is clipping. 4. Input Level Controls a. This gain control is used to adjust the input sensitivity of channel 1 to the output of the preceding processor or source unit. b. As 4a. for channel 2. 5. Low Output Level Control a. Adjust this knob to increase or decrease the low output level of channel 1 to match the input level of the corresponding amplifier. b. As 5a. for channel 2. 6. Mute Circuit Activating the mute circuit shuts off the corresponding output. This may be helpful to tune your system more accurately. 7. Low/Mid Frequency Selector a. By rotating the continually adjustable dial, select a crossover point for both the lowpass of the low output and the highpass of the mid output of channel 1 between 45 and 550Hz. b. As 7a. for channel 2. 8. Mid Output Level Control a. Adjust this knob to increase or decrease the mid output level of channel 1 to match the input level of the corresponding amplifier. b. As 8b. for channel 2. 9. Mid/High Frequency Selector a. By rotating the continually adjustable dial, select a crossover point for both the lowpass of the mid output and the highpass of the high output of channel 1 between 400 and 4.8Khz. b. As 9a. for channel 2. 10. High Output Level Control a. Adjust this knob to increase or decrease the high output level of channel 1 to match the input level of the corresponding amplifier. b. As 10a. for channel 2. 11. Phase Reversal Switches Depressing these switches places the corresponding output 180 degrees out of phase.

FEATURES
14 11 15 11 16 12 17 18 11 19 11 20 11 21 22
B+ B- R DR

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MID
Hi Phase

LOW
Mid Phase

SUB
CD Boost Mode

HIGH
Hi Phase Mid Phase

(MONO) INPUT
CD Boost

High

Mid Output 2

Low Mono/Stereo

Input 2

High

Mid Output 1

Low

Input 1

POWER

FUSE

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11. Phase Reversal Switches Depressing these switches places the corresponding output 180 degrees out of phase. 12. CD Boost Depressing this button engages a shelving equalizer that starts at 14Khz (0dB) and peaks at 22Khz (+10dB). This may be desirable if utilizing typical horn loaded compression drivers that roll off around 14 to 16Khz. 13. Stereo/Mono Mode Depress this button to the mono setting if the CFX3.24 is to be used as a single channel, four way crossover and in stereo setting for a two channel, three way crossover. 14. High Output This is the high output RCA receptacle of channel 2 to be connected to the highpass amplifier when the crossover is in stereo mode. When the mode button is set to mono, this output now becomes the mid output to be connected to the midrange amplifier. 15. Mid Output This is the mid output RCA receptacle of channel 2 to be connected to the midrange amplifier when the crossover is in stereo mode. When the mode button is set to mono, this output now becomes the low output to be connected to the midbass amplifier. 16. Low Output This is the low output RCA receptacle of channel 2 to be connected to the lowpass amplifier when the crossover is in stereo mode. When the mode button is set to mono, this output now becomes the sub output to be connected to the subwoofer amplifier. 17. Input 2 This receptacle accepts line level input from the source unit or any preceding processors via RCA signal cables. 18. High Output This is the high output RCA receptacle of channel 1 to be connected to the highpass amplifier when the crossover is in stereo mode. When the mode button is set to mono, this output now becomes the high output to be connected to the tweeter amplifier. 19. Mid Output This is the mid output RCA receptacle of channel 1 to be connected to the midrange amplifier. 20. Low Output This is the low output RCA receptacle of channel 1 to be connected to the lowpass amplifier. 21. Input 1 This receptacle accepts line level input from the source unit or preceding processor via RCA signal cables. Use this input only if the CFX3.24 is used in mono mode. 22. Power Input Terminals B+ : Connect to the vehicle's positive 12 volt supply (+12 volts DC). B- : Connect to the vehicle's chassis (-12 volts DC) Remote Turn-on : Connect to the remote turn on lead of the source unit Delayed Remote Turn-on : Connect to the remote turn-on leads of all signal processors and amplifiers following the CFX3.24. This will delay the turn on of these units by 2 seconds after the source unit is powered up. 23. Fuse This 3 amp fuse will protect the CFX3.24 from damage in case of a short. 3

MOUNTING
Find a sturdy secure area to mount the CFQ31M. Be sure it is accessible, but not in an area where the equalizer sliders or any other adjustments may be accidentally altered. Use the faceplate of the CFQ31M as a template and mark the location of the mounting holes with a pen or pencil. Remove the unit from the mounting location to pre-drill the mounting holes. Use large enough screws to mount the equalizer tightly in place.MOUNTING

POWER CONNECTIONS
Before connecting anything, be sure to disconnect the ground terminal from your battery to prevent any damage to the audio components. Leave disconnected until all components are hooked up and the system is ready to play. Remove the Molex power plug from the CFX3.24 before fastening the wires into the correct slots. Make sure to you are looking at the terminal with the set-screws facing upwards while following the instructions (see diagram). B+ The first slot from the left is the B+ or positive 12volt terminal. Connect to this terminal a positive 12volt lead using the same source of power used to power your amplifiers. This should eliminate noise due to voltage differences. Whether you decide to run the power wire for the equalizer to a power distribution block or to the battery, be sure to protect both the stereo system and the vehicle's electrical system from a possible dangerous short. This can be done by placing a 3amp fuse in your power distribution block or within a few inches of the battery. Use a minimum of 16 awg stranded copper wire for this application and be sure to apply grommets whenever the power wire is ran through any metal wall. BThe second slot from the left is the B- or ground terminal. Locate a metal area of the vehicle's chassis as close to the Crossfire CFX3.24 as possible that is a good source of ground (preferably the floor). Investigate the area you wish to use for electrical wires, vacuum lines, and brake or fuel lines. Using either a wire brush or sandpaper, eliminate unwanted paint to supply a better contact for the ground connection. The same gauge wire should be used for ground as is for the power. Terminate the ground wire using the correct size ring terminal and attach it to the bare metal using a #8 sheet metal screw. It is important for this connection to be solid. Silicon should now be spread over the screw and bare metal to prevent rust and moisture from entering the vehicle. R Moving on to the third terminal from the left, marked R, is the remote turn-on. This terminal must be connected to a switched +12 volt source. Most source units provide a remote turn-on lead that are used to turn on and off all processors in correspondence with the source. If a radio does not have a remote turn-on, then a power antenna wire may be used. Use a minimum of 18-gauge wire to connect the CFX3.24 to the source of the switched +12 volt lead. If possible, route this wire on the same side of the vehicle as the power wire. Be cautious not to run the wire near sharp edges that may easily cut through the insulation. Make sure all connections are secure. DR On the far right is the last terminal marked DR. DR is the abbreviation for delayed-remote. Connect this output to the remote turn-on terminal of the amplifier. This output provides a delay of 2 seconds for the turn-on of the following processors or amplifiers to help eliminate pop or thump noises when the source is turned on or off. Once all the wires are in place, return to the location of the CFX3.24. Cut the power, ground, and remote input and output leads to the desired length. Strip off approximately 1/4" of the insulation on the wires. Place each wire in its appropriate slot and tighten the set-screws securely.

SIGNAL CONNECTIONS
Choose the correct length and style of RCA signal cables for your needs. Better RCA's have either multiple layers of shielding or twisted pair wiring for better noise rejection (consult your dealer). Be extra careful when running your RCA signal cables. Car environments are notorious for poorly insulated wires. This means that hiss, engine noise, and fan noise can easily be picked up through RCA cables if ran incorrectly. As a precaution, avoid placing your RCA's near large wire looms and electric fans whenever possible. Starting at the source, connect the signal cables to the RCA output. Run the cables to the location of the CFX3.24 avoiding entanglement between the signal cables and the power wires. Connect your signal cables to the inputs making sure you maintain correct balance (red is right and black or white is left) on both the radio and the crossover. Now it's time to do the remaining connections, the outputs. Be careful to link the outputs, via RCA signal cables, to the correct amplifier(s). Once again, make sure you maintain correct balance between the CFX3.24 and the corresponding amplifier.

CROSSOVER AND LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS


By now you're probably really anxious to listen to your stereo system. Follow the recommended adjustments below in order to fine-tune your system. Steps 1-3 are to be done before the radio is turned on. 1. Adjust the level control, or gain as they are often referred as, to maximum on all amplifiers. 2. Set the input level of both channel 1 and channel 2 of the CFX3.24 to 0. Now set each of the output levels to just above minimum. 3. Adjust the crossover points accordingly. Both channels 1 and 2 corresponding outputs should be the same. Make sure the frequencies you chose are within the manufacturer's crossover recommendation. 4. Find a CD or tape that has good recordings. Insert this into your radio. Adjust the volume slow until you have reached approximately maximum volume. If distortion becomes audible while increasing the volume, stop and make sure the CFX3.24 or any other processors are not clipping. If volume is too loud for certain speakers, retard the inputs of the CFX3.24 until the distortion is no longer present. 5. Adjust the outputs of the CFX3.24 starting with the weakest part of your system until the desired volume is achieved. Adjust the other outputs accordingly until all parts of the system blend well without distorting. If the desired volume is not reached by simply adjusting the output levels of the CFX3.24, advance the inputs of both channel 1 and channel 2 equally until the volume is correct. Make sure the clip indicators are not illuminating. 6. Extra adjustments can be made using the following items: a test disk or test cassette with tone generators (example: Prosonus SRD) and a digital volt meter (DVM). Because there are independent left and right adjustments, the output of one channel may be higher than the other. To check this, remove the RCA signal cables from the inputs of each amplifier. Connect your DVM to one of the RCA jacks as shown below and set the DVM to AC voltage. Insert the test CD or cassette. The test tones chosen will vary depending on the crossover points you have chosen. Typically a 10Khz test tone works well for the high output, and 50Hz for the low output. The mid output will have to chosen more carefully, but should fall around the 500Hz region. Play the correct track for the output you intend to test. Adjust the volume to maximum. Test the first output of channel 1 and record the AC voltage. Check the corresponding output for channel 2. Adjust the output level control until the output of channel 2 matches that of the output you recorded for channel 1. Repeat this for both the other two output pairs.

4 - WAY MONO OPERATION


The CFX3.24 may be used as a 4-way mono crossover for special applications. For stereo 4-way operation, two units must be used. 4-way operation is made usable by depressing the stereo/mono button to the mono position. Use the following for connecting your outputs: 1. Use channel 1 input as your main input. 2. Use the high output of channel 1 for the amplifier driving your tweeters. 3. Use the high output of channel 2 for the amplifier driving your midrange. 4. Use the mid output of channel 2 for the amplifier driving your midbass. 5. Use the low output of channel 2 for the amplifier driving your subwoofers.