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post Oct 10 2012, 10:49 PM, updated 4y ago

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On 1st Oct 2015, we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary as of Internet hifi company in Malaysia. Being the first registered company in Malaysia to market audiophile gears through Internet, it was rather challenging and fun. We have many customers perceived us as local brand, but in reality, we are an Internet marketing company attempting to introduce high performance/price audio gears to local, especially those extra ordinary high quality products from USA, with wonderful price and superior customer service. In 2015, we sell our products to India as well as Australia.


The following awards speak.

Product of the year 2006, Goodsound!
Exceptional Value 2006, Tone Audio. Go to page 30-32.
Budget speaker of the year, Audioholics.
Best Buy Award, Consumer Guide.
Winner of Great Small Speaker Shootout, Stereomojo. <---- This is really a very interesting reviews. You will surprise who were x-ls PKed.
Reviewers Choice, Home Theater Sound.

2014 reviews:
Deaf Can Hear


More reviews followed:

Secret of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Audiocholics
Positive Feedback

X-LS Encore, RM1290+Shipping. Available now from Curve Acoustics.


XLS Encore vs Usher S-520

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Our MTM, X-CS Encore
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post Oct 11 2012, 11:12 PM

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Yes, Mark L. Schifter of former AV123. Do you know him?

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post Oct 12 2012, 01:15 PM

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I see Mark of former AV123 a great speaker designer. He has many great products like Rocket series, x-series, starta mini, x-statik, Onix Ref 1 and etc (if you google this products, you will know what I meant). I personally have listened to these products and I was blown way by their performance/price. He has some legal issues right now because of the way he ran his former company, AV123. The main reason he got himself into trouble because he did not file bankruptcy and the debtors bite back and sue him.

Let put aside his personal life because we are not interested in him.

Curve Acoustics does not affiliated with Mark or AV123. We are only a small company based in Malaysia trying to reproduce great speakers or amp we have known of. x-ls Encore is one of them because its performance/price and popularity in US. We are given the exclusive right to reproduce these great speaker with the original design and parts. The speakers are build in a factory which also building cabinet for other big brands (I can't mention them). The drivers are from Peerless.

In fact you can read the review here.

http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/av123_xls_xsub.htm
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_13_3...ers-8-2006.html

The speaker has won Goodsound! award, there are not many speakers being awarded this award.

We love music. Our mission here is to introduce affordable high quality products to music lover in Malaysia. Today, it is hard to buy "valued" or great deal hifi equipment. We want to change that.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, we are more than happier to chit-chat with you.

But the way, if you bought the speaker and you don't like it, you can always return them to us. We definitely won't want you to spend money on products that you are not satisfied with.


Added on October 12, 2012, 1:27 pm
QUOTE(ktek @ Oct 12 2012, 09:01 AM)
this can fight with previously all time fav wharfedale diamond?
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I am not sure, I have never compared with wharfedale diamond. But We have compared it with USD1000 Paradigm bookshelf, Ascend Acoustic 170, and a monitor audio (forgot the model), most of us think x-ls Encore sounded very similar to them with improvement in detail and warm.

I would definitely like to see the comparison of it to wharfedale diamond.

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post Oct 24 2012, 05:18 PM

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QUOTE(HiFiFreak @ Oct 24 2012, 01:12 PM)
hi there, i am from sarawak, can i audition the speaker?
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We are planning to create a gathering in Kuching for those who loves hifi and music. The purpose is to connect more friends of same interest and share our gears.
Maybe I will demo the speaker in the next gathering.
For those who are interested you can PM me. I will notify you the date and place.


Added on October 24, 2012, 5:23 pm
QUOTE(wildwestgoh @ Oct 24 2012, 02:10 PM)
For the picture 5 & 6, why does it has 2 port at the back? Or is it related to the last picture?
Is the last picture the AMP of the speaker? Looks... erm... simple??!!
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I believe you are talking about the rear speaker port and terminal.
Speaker rear port is known as bass reflex. It allows air to flow out of the speaker and are designed to increase the bass response.

The terminal port is to connect your cable the speaker.

The 'AMP' you referring to is the crossover. Crossovers split the audio signal into separate frequency bands that can be separately routed to loudspeakers optimized for those bands. It looks like 'AMP' because it was built with audiophile grade capacitance, inductors and resistance which you normally wouldn't find in normal speakers.


Added on October 24, 2012, 5:24 pm
QUOTE(tunertoobe @ Oct 24 2012, 03:41 PM)
I think that's the crossover circuit.
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Exactly.

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post Oct 25 2012, 12:10 PM

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QUOTE(dennisyeoh @ Oct 25 2012, 01:23 AM)
this is not a active speaker right?
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Indeed, this is a passive speaker. You can drive the speaker with any amp of your preference. And, it is very easy to drive to its essence.
I have seen it being driven with 40w china tube amp, 100w 10-year old Teac solid state whereas I am feeding it with my 150W monoblock. Regardless, they all sound clear and fast in LF.

Anyway, we gonna try it with an entry level AVR this weekend. More to come.


Added on October 25, 2012, 12:27 pm
QUOTE(wildwestgoh @ Oct 25 2012, 10:28 AM)
After tunertoobe and fx20 explanation, I can assume that this is passive speakers, cause I don't see any power connector socket anywhere at the speakers as well. hmm.gif

Website didn't shows any power input specifications for the speakers. hmm.gif

The shop is at Batu Kawa, can save lots of shipping fees for Kuching-ian, yeah~ thumbup.gif (No wonder the shipping fees is higher to peninsular.. huh shocking.gif )
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You are absolutely right, Wildwestgoh. It is a passive one.

Since we are discussing active/passive speaker, let me tell you something, the speaker shares a similarity with one of the high end active monitor from Sonodyne at http://www.sonodyne.com

You are a small guy, I believe you are able to spot what is it.

What power input spec are you looking for?

Batu Kawa is our warehouse and we normally ship from there. For Kuching-ian, you can do pick up and that will save you some cost. Anyway, even with shipping cost, this is still worth to have. Believe me or not, the speaker had been compared with several bookshelf (paradigm, monitor audio, axiom etc) priced at RM2.5k-3.3k (Malaysia retail price), so far, none could match its clear mid, smooth high and fast low frequency.

Please don't take our words for it, you can compare it yourself. If you found out it is not what is like, you can always return the speaker and you will be refunded.

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post Oct 25 2012, 12:49 PM

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QUOTE(tunertoobe @ Oct 25 2012, 12:37 PM)
I'm kind of a noob when it comes to book shelf, or any serious speakers. What's its best usage, PC/laptop with external DAC/amp, hooking it up to a CD player and amp for general listening to music at the living room, replacement for the TV speakers?
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I would categorize x-ls Encore as high end audiophile speaker, especially when you want transparent or natural sound, flat response from your source. It it best for both stereo or HT, depend on ones' preference. I am using 5 pieces of it for 5.1 movies and 2 piece for 2.0 music. They are meant for bedroom, living room, office etc.

You can definitely use is for PC/laptop, but please make you have an amp (AVR, integrated, power amp, tube, class d, etc...) to drive it. The output from PC/Laptop or headphone amp is too weak to "sound" the speaker.

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post Oct 30 2012, 09:37 PM

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QUOTE(muzikdanlirik @ Oct 30 2012, 07:27 PM)
Wow....how can I get this speaker in KL?
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You can order it right here

http://www.curveacoustics.com/speaker-x-ls-encore.html

,it will be delivered to your doorstep 3-4 days,

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post Jun 4 2013, 08:05 PM

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QUOTE(-kytz- @ Jun 2 2013, 06:56 PM)
Is there any way I can test the speakers? hmm.gif
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Hi Kytz, unfortunately we don't have any show room elsewhere except in Kuching.
However, we do allow you to audition the speaker at your own place for 10 days and we believe this is the best way to audition the speakers. If you don't like the speakers, you can just return to us. No question asked.

FYI, we have sell good number of these speakers, and so far none is returned. :-)

QUOTE(Quazacolt @ Jun 3 2013, 03:36 AM)
hmm not adding back the grill for malaysia made version? lol
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That was the first version which doesn't look as aesthetic the revised one, I think personally.
FYI, the current x-ls Encores are assembled in Malaysia and the parts are still manufactured by the original manufacturers to maintain its signature. :-)
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post Jun 12 2013, 09:10 PM

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QUOTE(HiFiFreak @ Jun 12 2013, 03:40 PM)
I bought the speaker and right now powering it with a Yaqin amp, which is also bought from the same fellow. I have been to "showroom", the owner house, to listen to the speaker before I buy it.

One thing I can say for sure about the speaker is a no brainer for 1.2k. I own a pair of AE Neo 1, which I bought it with SG700 years ago.  Compare to Neo, the encore cabinet is biggher and heavier, acoustically, it better in its high (warm), middle (smooth) and low register (punchy), comparing neo. One thing you will be surprise is the encore has a lot of bass.

Looking for buy another 3 to do 5.1. if I won magnum this weekend.
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It is a great speaker. You won't be disappointed for the price.

In Bolehland, hifi is a luxury, it is really hard to find good performance/price gears. I hope 1 day everybody can enjoy favorite music with affordable good system.

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post Jun 25 2013, 05:55 PM

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QUOTE(vivakarna @ Jun 25 2013, 09:48 AM)
yup, within 10 days if i'm not mistaken.
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vivakarna, I saw your another post of your placement of the speaker. You are placing them too close to the wall. I am suggesting if you can place them about 1M from the wall, you will get the right bass. Otherwise, the reflection of the wall generate uncontrolled resonance inside the speaker.
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post Jun 25 2013, 06:06 PM

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QUOTE(wim1983 @ Jun 23 2013, 01:46 PM)
So poison, look delicious, do you think it's gona work great if pair with an amplifer like Lepai 2020A? hmm.gif
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You can definitely drive it with a Lepai 2020A, but we have never tested with that yet.

We have tested with TA2024C (10W) and it sounds really good but you can't play it too loud.

The really near-perfect match is TA2022(50w). You just can believe how good they sound with the low price tag.
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post Jun 25 2013, 06:11 PM

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QUOTE(willkso @ Jun 23 2013, 11:19 PM)
Have you tried to pair it with AVR? How's the sound compared to dedicated stereo amp?
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X-ls encore is really easy to drive. And at our home, we use it for 5.1 with an really old AVR.

About the sounding, I can't comment further because it depend on too many paramaters.

But I can guarantee you that the speaker's acoustics is almost natural and uncolor.

We only sell product we know. smile.gif

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post Jun 25 2013, 06:16 PM

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QUOTE(wim1983 @ Jun 25 2013, 09:51 AM)
wow, that's pretty good service  flex.gif , but if I am not satisfied, I will have to bear the shipping cost, hmm still kinda big amount, the shipping cost is not cheap, and also if I return the product, I have to bear again the shipping cost? hmm.gif

Vivakarna, how would rate the bass of it? Is it relaxable? Currently I have one set powerful active speakers, bass is quite hurting, for me I am not bass head though, just an enough amount will do justice for me. What do you think?
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Rest assured. If you hate it, just return to use. However, the shipping is unevitable. We are trying to setup a distribution center in KL, let's see how it goes.

For the speaker we sold, we have never received them back, except if there is defect or imperfect.

We DID not do any promotion, we can survive until today mainly was because piece of mouth of our happy customers. And we have many returned customers.
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post Jun 25 2013, 11:04 PM

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QUOTE(Skylinestar @ Jun 25 2013, 09:52 PM)
What's the lead time? Does it takes long to build?
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Hahaha... This is not a DIY. They are manufactured by speker factory with precised equipments. biggrin.gif
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post Jun 25 2013, 11:16 PM

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QUOTE(rx330 @ Jun 25 2013, 09:54 AM)
no other colors?
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How about Ferrari Ruby Red? drool.gif

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post Jun 26 2013, 01:58 PM

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QUOTE(rx330 @ Jun 26 2013, 10:49 AM)
so can do other colors?
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Unfortunately it is not possible right now, maybe next batch and it is more expensive. The red version one is a very special edition of x-ls Encore.
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post Jul 7 2013, 07:15 AM

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QUOTE(wim1983 @ Jul 3 2013, 09:48 AM)
The wood color one available?
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There will be rosewood, red, piano black in the coming batch.
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post Jul 7 2013, 07:20 AM

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QUOTE(tangtang22 @ Jul 6 2013, 09:04 AM)
@fx20 u going to be at klav?
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I was there on Friday morning, as a visitor.

Due to budget constraint, we can't afford a exhibition room this time. If we do exhibition, magazine, newspaper, the price of the speaker will be 2-2.5k, not 1.2k anymore.

If we are able to get our new product out end of this year, maybe we can do it next year.

Anyway, you can always do audition at home. You won't be dissapointed.
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post Jul 10 2013, 12:17 PM

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QUOTE(Topet @ Jul 9 2013, 08:35 PM)
if using it as surround ok or not?
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Work great as main, center and surround.
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post Aug 6 2013, 09:10 PM

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x-ls Encore is currently out of stock. We are planning to restock it by the end of the year, with more color choices.

Thank you for your support.

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