It's been an interesting and informative few days to say the least! I stumbled onto SEOS about a week ago - here and in other forums. A horn that doesn't sound like a horn? That's what everyone said. I became convinced and was soon looking at DIY Sound Group's site trying to decide among the Fusion 8, Fusion 10, and the 12, the Tempest. Then I discovered the 1099 thread. This thing's longer than a Tom Clancy! But, a page turner.
Somewhere around halfway, I decided I had to pull the trigger on these, if that was still possible. As I came to the last few pages of the thread, it seemed that it probably still is, but it appears to be getting close what with Erich posting about checking inventory of the mids. I tried the pre-order page at DIY, but was only able to leave a note about readiness to order. Here's hoping Erich finds enough mids on the top shelf for that to happen..
In any event, a huge Thank You to Erich and Tux for all their work on this project. And to them and many other contributors for the considerable knowledge I have gained over the past week.
If this pans out, the 1099s will be replacing Andrew Jones BS22 bookshelf speakers and C22 center. I like these a lot, but clearly will be moving into a new realm with the 1099s as far as dynamics go. With music, the BS22s sound great but begin to develop a harshness at the level where the sound begins to "bloom," which my RS meter tells me is around 85 db peaks, just where I like to listen. They're also very inefficient, likely leaving little headroom in my AVRs amps.
I plan to pair the 1099s with two SI HT18 subs which I bought when Nick at SI was selling the last of his stock this past spring - in a way, a situation similar to the 1099s, except that SI experienced enough demand that Nick re-ordered the 18s and they are still currently available AFAIK
. Not likely to be the same with the Celestion mids, of course. Those subs are still in their boxes, so if it comes together, it will all happen at once!
No spring chicken, I've built speakers before, but it's been about twenty-five years since the last project! (The first used a University 6201 coaxial, if that means anything to anybody). I'm ready to roll, though, and look forward to posting build progress reports here, and to most likely asking a question or two in the process (although you guys have covered lots in great detail!).