Ok...OP here again. I think we've hit a milestone here at the DIY forum.I've been lurking here since about March. This is the first time I've EVER seen the DIY crazies (said with due loving respect...) talk someone downwards on a speaker/sub selection. The typical pattern is "I think I might want to DIY a 12" sub", which quickly morphs into the OP building a monster system of 8 SI 24"s.
Anyway, I do really appreciate the input so far. It seems like the consensusis that the lack of quality sources is going to degrade my 1099 (or any SEOS speaker) experience. Which bums me out because I just finished a set of Volt 10’s for surrounds and I was excited about continuing my DIY journey. But I also don’t want to waste a bunch of $$ for no improvement. So I'll ask a generic question about the SEOS speakers. Given the same lower quality source, which will sound better if the Monitors and a SEOS speaker is side by side? If they are going to be similar, I don't mind building a speaker that has headroom that can be utilized when I play better content. But I think what I'm getting here is that it's going to be the Monitors coming out ahead. Which I guess is one of the compromises of a high sensitivity speaker.
Originally Posted by Bassment
If you want an audio upgrade I'd get some subs.
I’m working on that right now. Been waiting on Parts Express’ Labor Day sale to get $25 off my inuke3000 DSP. Not quite settled on a design or woofer yet –thinking I’m going to go with a SI 15 or 18.
Originally Posted by Nabukicks
I see you're in Madison. If you feel like a roadtrip, I'm in the Minneapolis area and you can come take a listen if you'dlike.
Appreciate the offer! With football season on us, and me having tickets, it’s going to be a while till I’m able to escape for a road trip. Saturday = my football time. Sunday = mandatory familytime.
Originally Posted by Fatshaft
If you listen to -35 to -25 then with the 1099's you will listen to -45 to -35.
So this is a concept I’ve struggled with, and haven’t been able to get to the bottom of. I always thought that the-25 indicated the actual sound level off of reference, and that -25 on a higher sensitivity speaker would be at the same apparent sound level as a lower sensitivity one. The amp would simply send less juice to get there. I’m no expert though, so I’m probably off on that.
Originally Posted by Audio Geek
You might be surprised when you have speakers that can be turned up without distortion. You might be naturally reacting to the distortion you're hearing at louder volumes.
This is one of the core things I’ve been struggling with. A few years ago, one of my roommates bought some high $$ speakers. I have no clue what they were, because I didn’t care much about audio back then. The first song I heard on them was Evanescence’sFallen album, and he cranked it. Now I’m not an Evanescence fan by any means, but the clarity and piercing (in a good way) quality of the vocals just put chills down my spine. I remember how that sounded, and use it as a measuring stick. My current system won’t even come close to touching it. It’s muddy – and I know that’s a subjective term – but it’s the best way to describe it. I was in band/orchestra most of my school days, so I have a good ear. So it makes me wonder if I am reacting to that distortion. My wife was a hard core band geek, so her ear is better than mine.
All I know is someday, I want a system that can match what I heard back then. It may not be that time, or maybe I need to think about a different DIY speaker.