All 3 speakers have been done for a little over a week now. I've had the chance to watch The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Lego Movie, and Hunger Games Catching Fire. They sounded great for all 3 movies, but Spiderman was the only one I was using a decent sub. Obviously they sounded much better with my HSU vtf-15h, but I sold it a few days after watching the first movie. Right now my setup is 1099 LCR, with temporary Onkyo HTIB surrounds, surround backs, and 10" sub. 2 SI 18's are expected to arrive on Wednesday (see other post for more on that). I will order 4 Volt 10's when they are back in stock.
I can't wait to get everything up and running. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do a valid comparison between this new setup and my old Polk monitor 70's, CS2, and 40's with the HSU, because I never set those speakers up in my new room. Any comparison will be with one set of speakers in a larger, open L shaped room, where this new setup will be in a newly finished dedicated room. I'll be sure to post updates once everything else is done with impressions on how they work with the Volts. I know there have been lots of "What's the best surround match for the 1099's???" questions recently.
Thanks to Tux for an awesome design, and a fun to build speaker. When I finished, I was disappointed for a couple reasons. #1
it was so much fun to work on, I wish I had 4 more as surrounds so I could build more. #2
IMO they look much to imposing and intimidating to be hidden behind a screen. Unfortunately, given my room restrictions and size, I didn't have much of a choice but to hide them back there. Now to find some good up lighting...
Thanks to dtsdig for his brilliant and easy layout.
Thanks to Robert Jones II for his diagram.