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post #1 of 19 Old 08-18-13, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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X-LS Encore and X-CS Encore build

I just finished building a pair of X-LS Encores and an X-CS Encore. All have fully upgraded point-to-point wired crossover networks, NoRez, AcustaStuff, and Electra tube connectors. They were built with 3/4" Baltic birch plywood with a 3/4" roundover on all edges, dark mahogany stain and amber shellack.

I tried to post pictures but apparently even the ones I downsized and saved for the web are too large for this post. I'll have to try reducing them further.

I have put about 100 hours on them for break in by setting up 9 hour long playlists of various music (classical, pop, rock, jazz and easy listening) and letting them play all day long a various volume levels (40-80 dB) while at work plus listening to music and watching movies in the evenings.

I have conducted listening tests between the X-LS Encore's, PSB Image B6's, and Klipsch RB-81 II's (reference series bookshelf). I will be writing up a more detailed account in a few days but the short version is that the X-LS Encores were superior to both the PSB's and Klipsch's in every way except sensitivity.

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I have downsized the pictures and saved them at a lower resolution so I will try posting them again. That didn't work either so I posted them to a gallery.

Here are the cabinets with NoRez damping material installed



Here are the cabinets with the crossover networks installed



Here are the completed speakers in the system without grills



And with the grills



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Re: X-LS Encore and X-CS Encore build

I like how you rounded the ends of the grills. Well done!
As for attaching them, How are they held on?

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Thanks.

The grills are held on with 1/4"x3/8" Neodymium magnets. After I made the grill frames I drilled four 1/4" holes slightly more than 3/8" deep into the grill grames





Then I put 1/4" dowel points into the holes so I could mark their positions on the front baffles





After marking the positions on the baffles I stained the grill frames and glued in the magnets



I then drilled 1/4"x1/2" holes in the front baffles, glued in the magnets, then glued 1/4" birch dowels to fill in the holes. After the glue dried I flush cut the dowels to the baffle face and sanded





Next I test fit the grill frames to the cabinets





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Looking real good Mike.
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Thanks Danny. They're sounding really good too. These are my first DIY speakers.

I'll have to admit I was a little skeptical about what they would sound like. I heard what you said about the percentage of parts cost to total price of retail speakers and, while it made sense, I wasn't really sure it would equate to major sound improvement. I didn't think anything would sound that much better than my new PSB's. However, since the total material cost for the upgraded kits and cabinets for the X-LS Encore & X-CS Encore was about $150 less than the PSB's, I decided to give your speakers a try.

Well, I'm a convert. These speakers are wonderful.

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Thanks Danny. They're sounding really good too. These are my first DIY speakers.

I'll have to admit I was a little skeptical about what they would sound like. I heard what you said about the percentage of parts cost to total price of retail speakers and, while it made sense, I wasn't really sure it would equate to major sound improvement. I didn't think anything would sound that much better than my new PSB's. However, since the total material cost for the upgraded kits and cabinets for the X-LS Encore & X-CS Encore was about $150 less than the PSB's, I decided to give your speakers a try.

Well, I'm a convert. These speakers are wonderful.

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Can the XLS Encore withstand loud playback at reference level (13feet distance to listening position)? How's the dynamic? Will it be suitable as HT speakers?
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Keep in mind it is a mini-monitor with a 6.5" woofer. There is an SPL limit. Power handling has never been an issue. I have not had any fail from too much power. Even when I pounded on them with 400 watt Melos tube amps. They ate it up just fine.
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Can the XLS Encore withstand loud playback at reference level (13feet distance to listening position)? How's the dynamic? Will it be suitable as HT speakers?
I have been using the X-LS Encores and X-CS Encore (center channel) pictured in this thread in a 5.1 HT setup for the past six months and they don't disappoint.

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