Point to point wiring sounds very doable. In fact, replacing the existing crossovers in the other 3 X-CSs
and the 2 X-Omnis with completely new upgraded point to point crossovers will probably be easier than
trying to upgrade the existing crossovers.
I would like to throw any business Danny's way that I can as far as the pieces parts required. What
coils, caps and resistors would you folks recommend? For example what was the verdict on the new
breed of Jantzen coils that were being discussed a while back. I know that Danny prefers Sonicaps for
their neutrality and clarity, but what about the Mundorf silver/oils? Or the Jupiter Cu's. Are Mills resistors
the way to go or might Vishay/Deuland/Takman offer better sound? What combinations have you guys
found to really make the X-CS Encores and X-Omni Encore series sing? Thanks.
The last few pairs, I've used teh Erse XO inductors that Danny supplies. The next pair we build out will use the Gortz Alpha Core Foil inductors (also available from Danny). I know there has been lots of talk regarding the new Jantzen wax / foil inductors and many have had good results with them. we've used the Jantzen's in a pair of NX-trme networks and they souind great but to say they are better than the Gortz alpha cores is hard ...... we did some direct compairions between a gortz and a jantzen on an Otic-MTm and there was little difference... to say one was better than the other would be a stretch. I'm sure results will vary.... .
For the caps, you're geting into some prety big values to be upgrading from the Sonicaps.... pretty expensive going "botiique" on these. Far better off using some very good bypass caps. I've tried the cross over stock bypass cap, the Sonicap GiII & Platinum, and the Jupiter Copper as bypass caps on the high pass filter cap, our preference here is the Platinums.
For the cap in the low pass filter, we've tried a Sonicap Gen II, a Jupiter Copper, and the German Vishey Roderstein . Will likely continue to use the Jupiter copper here but the SC GII and the ViR are both far less expensive and do a great job.
As mentioned above, use the tube connectors and no-rez