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John L Nobile:

--- Quote from: Jonathan Woytek on April 14, 2023, 10:13:09 AM ---I try not to revive old topics, but since this one shows up in searches, I figured I would add an update here.

The Xilica unit was a solid performer for me for several years. I often worked in the same venues, so once I had presets configured for them, I generally didn't need to change things, and I would handle any further tweaks I needed at the console level. In the meantime, I upgraded my show laptop, and didn't install the Xilica Xconsole software because it just wasn't on my radar. About a year and a half ago, I was working in a new space and wanted to update some delay and system tuning for the room, and found that Xconsole was no longer available on the Xilica site. In fact, it seemed like they had sort of exited that market. I found a bunch of dead links and then realized that it wouldn't matter anyway, because to run it at all, I would have to run it in a virtual machine with an older operating system anyway. The front panel interface was always sub-optimal, so (after guessing the right passcode that had been set back in 2017), I saved a preset that removed the overall system delay but left the basic speaker processing in place, and then just handled delay and room tuning for that site in the console.

I realized that this was not a maintainable solution, and started to evaluate my options for a small system processor. My requirements list was not long, but high priority requirements were a full remote control interface over IP, some minimal front panel control, at least 2-in/3-out and preferrably 3-in/4-out, and something less than about $2k. I settled on the Allen & Heath AHM-16 matrix processor, and will post a review of that in the near future.

I've kept the Xilica as a backup for the moment, but it is going to age quickly at this point. It remained a solid performer and sounded good, but it just wasn't a path I could continue to follow. If someone reading this happens to be looking at a used unit, be aware that support is slim and software unavailable, and programming from the front panel is a suboptimal experience. It still sounds good and packs a lot of features into a small space, but you should either be getting it for a significant discount, or you might want to look at other offerings.

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I run XConsole on a Win 7 laptop that doesn't connect to the web. I'll have to look and see if I have a copy of the installer somewhere. It sure is handy.

Nathan Riddle:
Xilica might not support the unit officially.

But the webpage is still available (though moved/not accessible easily)
https://www.xilica.com/products/xp-4080/

http://genius.xilica.com/en/collections/1229420-x-series
http://genius.xilica.com/en/articles/2171088-how-to-reset-your-x-series-password

here's 9.04 xconsole software

FWIW the new processors (open architecture, IO cards) is fully featured and very powerful.
They're a steal for the price they go for given the capabilities.

Jonathan Woytek:

--- Quote from: Nathan Riddle on April 14, 2023, 03:00:50 PM ---Xilica might not support the unit officially.

But the webpage is still available (though moved/not accessible easily)
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Thanks for the links! I had found the docs a while back, IIRC, but I never found a working link to the control software. I'm still stuck there because I'm on a M1 now and I'd either need to run old Windows on an x86 emulator (painful, at best) or have an older system around just for that unit. Those factors definitely played into my decision to move to another solution, but I'm going to grab and archive this installer so that I can at least clean up that unit so that it is more suitable as a backup. Thank you!


--- Quote from: Nathan Riddle on April 14, 2023, 03:00:50 PM ---[...]
FWIW the new processors (open architecture, IO cards) is fully featured and very powerful.
They're a steal for the price they go for given the capabilities.

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I will be honest that I was a bit turned off on the company when I went looking for archived support information on older products and had to go digging on Google to find stuff. I don't expect any company to support products indefinitely, especially in the era of software-defined devices, but I do expect them to at least attempt to honor customers who still have their products in active use. Maybe I was in the minority with one of these units still in active use, but system processors seem to be one of those items that get installed and don't get much additional thought until they stop working or other system upgrades call for different capabilities. I don't know if Allen & Heath will be any better in this regard, but I'll have to see where we are in 5-6 years. :)

Mike Pyle:
Xilica was the oem for several companies' branded processors, such as Danley's DSLP48. You can still find documentation and downloads at some of those websites.

Caleb Dueck:

--- Quote from: Mike Pyle on April 18, 2023, 01:29:38 PM ---Xilica was the oem for several companies' branded processors
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They still are, such as Kramer, just not as many. 

Agree with Nathan, the QR1/FR1 are amazing - so much better than the older XD/XP series it's not even funny.  And for similar prices. 

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