Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #440 on: 24 Dec 2015, 12:59 am »
Regarding connecting the drivers to the X-CS Encore cross-over board:

There are two midwoofers and only one set of W+ / W- output leads on
the cross-over. Do both midwoofers have their leads soldered into the
single W+ / W- output holes on the cross-over? Or, is one midwoofer
connected directly to the cross-over and then the second midwoofer
wired in a parallel or series connection to the first midwoofer? Thanks.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #441 on: 24 Dec 2015, 03:49 pm »
Regarding connecting the drivers to the X-CS Encore cross-over board:

There are two midwoofers and only one set of W+ / W- output leads on
the cross-over. Do both midwoofers have their leads soldered into the
single W+ / W- output holes on the cross-over? Or, is one midwoofer
connected directly to the cross-over and then the second midwoofer
wired in a parallel or series connection to the first midwoofer? Thanks.

Connect the + and - from the board to the closest woofer, then run a pair of wires from that woofer over to the other one so that the woofers are wired in parallel.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #442 on: 24 Dec 2015, 05:55 pm »
Thanks Danny ...I'm glad I waited before cutting the speaker wire leads to length.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #443 on: 27 Dec 2015, 07:10 am »
The soldering wire supplied with the X-CS Encore kit, is it 'rosin core'
solder? ...or do I need to get some rosin soldering flux for a good join
of the wire leads to the cross-over and driver terminals?

mlundy57

Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #444 on: 27 Dec 2015, 05:17 pm »
The soldering wire supplied with the X-CS Encore kit, is it 'rosin core'
solder? ...or do I need to get some rosin soldering flux for a good join
of the wire leads to the cross-over and driver terminals?

It's rosin core, no need for additional rosin.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #445 on: 19 Jan 2016, 06:17 am »
Ok, I've finished 3 of the 5 XC-S speakers ...for now.
I am happily listening to a pair as I type this. A build
thread posting with photos will follow soon :)

Two of the XC-S work perfectly ...one doesn't.
(There's always one joker in every group isn't there?)

The faulty one has tweeter output that seems just fine,
but no sound(s) at all from the midwoofers.

My thoughts are that it is either at the W+ or W- output
lead(s) connection at the crossover board or where the
lead(s) connect to the + / - tabs on the first midwoofer?
There is also the chance the crossover board itself may
have a faulty midwoofer circut?

Please advise on the best trouble shooting pathway to
follow.

...also, the +/- is not marked on the Encore tweeter. I took
the wider, larger tab to be the + one? Is that correct?

Thanks

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #446 on: 19 Jan 2016, 03:36 pm »
Ok, I've finished 3 of the 5 XC-S speakers ...for now.
I am happily listening to a pair as I type this. A build
thread posting with photos will follow soon :)

Two of the XC-S work perfectly ...one doesn't.
(There's always one joker in every group isn't there?)

The faulty one has tweeter output that seems just fine,
but no sound(s) at all from the midwoofers.

My thoughts are that it is either at the W+ or W- output
lead(s) connection at the crossover board or where the
lead(s) connect to the + / - tabs on the first midwoofer?
There is also the chance the crossover board itself may
have a faulty midwoofer circut?

Please advise on the best trouble shooting pathway to
follow.

...also, the +/- is not marked on the Encore tweeter. I took
the wider, larger tab to be the + one? Is that correct?

Thanks

You have an open connection somewhere my friend. You'll have to give it all a good look and see where it is off.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #447 on: 20 Jan 2016, 06:58 am »


...Ack! ...Ack! ...Ack!

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #448 on: 6 Feb 2016, 02:43 am »
I just wanted to say Wooooo! Hooooo!  :thumb:

I have been listening to a pair of the completed X-CSs for
the last several weeks ...and they just started to 'open up'
today. Very nice sounding. Their sound and price point/value
intergrates well with my other components.

I will be posting a 'build thread' soon as I am able to ...yeah,
there will be lots of photos too.

I will be ordering two more kits with the full upgrades from
Danny. For anyone that enjoys building cabinets by following
simple plans and can solder a little, the X-series kits are probably
the best speaker value on the Internet.
 

mlundy57

Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #449 on: 6 Feb 2016, 05:09 am »
I just wanted to say Wooooo! Hooooo!  :thumb:

I have been listening to a pair of the completed X-CSs for
the last several weeks ...and they just started to 'open up'
today. Very nice sounding. Their sound and price point/value
intergrates well with my other components.

I will be posting a 'build thread' soon as I am able to ...yeah,
there will be lots of photos too.

I will be ordering two more kits with the full upgrades from
Danny. For anyone that enjoys building cabinets by following
simple plans and can solder a little, the X-series kits are probably
the best speaker value on the Internet.

I would agree with that wholeheartedly. I finally finished the three speaker set (L/C/R) of X-CS Encores I have been building for my stepdaughter. They have been breaking in for the past few days. I am amazed all over again at how great these speakers sound.

Mike

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #450 on: 25 Feb 2016, 06:19 pm »


Just wanted to throw this up to show the X-LS Encores mate perfectly with the dual open baffle servo subs.  Due to the height of the subs I'm using IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 stands with a slight tilt downwards towards the listening position.  This is an included option with the stands.

One of my musician friends came over recently to play his self-produced album.  He considers my system to be a better reference than his studio monitors and even took notes for his mastering.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #451 on: 25 Feb 2016, 09:40 pm »


Just wanted to throw this up to show the X-LS Encores mate perfectly with the dual open baffle servo subs.  Due to the height of the subs I'm using IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 stands with a slight tilt downwards towards the listening position.  This is an included option with the stands.

One of my musician friends came over recently to play his self-produced album.  He considers my system to be a better reference than his studio monitors and even took notes for his mastering.

You run those with the tweeters on the bottom?

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #452 on: 25 Feb 2016, 10:55 pm »
You run those with the tweeters on the bottom?

Not originally, but I flipped them upside down to try something different.  It was more about getting the tweeters closer to the height of my ears.  I did this before adding the tilt and forgot to flip them back around.  They still sound great so I didn't give it much more thought.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #453 on: 26 Feb 2016, 04:14 pm »
It's actually a pretty  amazing combo isn't it ?
I've done the same thing (- stands) myself and am always  very pleased  :thumb:

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #454 on: 11 Mar 2016, 01:11 am »
Danny,

Do you have any more X-Statik/X-Voce/X-LS Encore Kits still available?? Finally going to be building out my basement and think these might be the ticket, if I can get some cabinets built for me as I'm no good! Haha!

Scott

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #455 on: 11 Mar 2016, 01:34 am »
Danny,

Do you have any more X-Statik/X-Voce/X-LS Encore Kits still available?? Finally going to be building out my basement and think these might be the ticket, if I can get some cabinets built for me as I'm no good! Haha!

Scott

Lots of them.

skeeter99

Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #456 on: 11 Mar 2016, 01:53 am »
Lots of them.

Cool. Need to see if I can get someone to build me some cabinets...

mlundy57

Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #457 on: 11 Mar 2016, 02:08 am »
Cool. Need to see if I can get someone to build me some cabinets...

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #458 on: 2 Dec 2017, 02:49 pm »
So I built 5 X-CS Encores, 3 with the standard crossovers and the
last 2 with the upgraded Sonicaps & Mills resistors parts. After a few
weeks of break-in and listening, I can honestly say there is a difference
in sound. The upgraded crossovers do increase the sound quality.

Well gosh darnit Mr Ritchie! This is all your fault! Now I have to order
the upgrades for the other 3 X-CS and the 2 X-Omnis I'm finishing up.
I don't appreciate having to disassemble 3 perfectly good speakers
and slinging more solder  :green:

P.S. I am really enjoying these speakers in my home theater/music setup.

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Re: Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
« Reply #459 on: 2 Dec 2017, 02:59 pm »
So I built 5 X-CS Encores, 3 with the standard crossovers and the
last 2 with the upgraded Sonicaps & Mills resistors parts. After a few
weeks of break-in and listening, I can honestly say there is a difference
in sound. The upgraded crossovers do increase the sound quality.

Well gosh darnit Mr Ritchie! This is all your fault! Now I have to order
the upgrades for the other 3 X-CS and the 2 X-Omnis I'm finishing up.
I don't appreciate having to disassemble 3 perfectly good speakers
and slinging more solder  :green:

P.S. I am really enjoying these speakers in my home theater/music setup.

Wait until you try the tube connectors. You'll be taking binding post out of everything.  :green: