Originally Posted by burp182
The answer is...it depends.
Sorry but it's true.
Here are some facts and caveats. The 1037 is a three way system. A dedicated midrange driver helps eliminate any nonlinearity as the bass driver extends up to meet the tweeter.
Nonlinearities can never be eliminated but it's possible to reduce intermodulation and harmonic distortion by going from 2-way to 3-way. OTOH there are good drivers and designs for 2-way systems that trumps many decent 3-way systems.
It also divides the full range frequency more than a two way system does and , by using another driver, increases the possibility of phase and time alignment issues.
More drivers typically means more phase distortion and worse performance in the time domain (=worse impulse/transient/step-response).
Genelec does a great job with their systems, so the phase and time alignment thing is minimal.
Using high order crossovers and no info on tricks to reduce phase distortion I assume standard approach with 4th order LR filter which do not have the minimum possible phase shift.