Currently I have 2 passive speakers connected in stereo to an amplifier (with a mixer). I am looking to introduce an active subwoofer into the system in order to produce more accurate 3-way sound in my studio. (In addition to an integrated amplifier, the subwoofer has an integrated crossover for 2 channel inputs and outputs.)
Option 1: passive monitors bypass crossover
As a basic setup, I could leave the passive monitor speakers connected as they are to the amplifier, and then connect the active subwoofer to an output that is intended for active speakers.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that this does not take advantage of the crossover (and stereo outputs for tops) that is built into the subwoofer fully, as the passive speakers will still be receiving low-range signal.
Option 2: passive monitors bypass amplifier
Therefore, I am considering connecting the subwoofer's two channels to the amplifier's 2 outputs intended for active speakers (i.e. non-amplified), and then connect the passive tops to each of the 2 outputs on the subwoofer.
However, with that setup, it appears that I bypass the amplifier for the passive speakers (thus reducing available power).
Option 3: ???
Is there a third option where I can connect everything and make full use of both the free-standing amplifier/mixer (2×250W) and the subwoofer's crossover (and amplifier, 500W)?
(Without purchasing additional equipment, save for cables.)
Which is the best scenario for most accurate, 3-way sound? Clarity in the high- and mid-range, in addition to powerful bass.
Speakers & Amplifier: Behringer EPS500
Subwoofer: Behringer B1200D