Just completed my three 1099's!
I snapped a couple pictures with my phone along the way...
The packaging was ridiculously incredible! Those who have received and unpacked a 1099 kit know exactly what I'm talking about.
Inspecting each piece and getting a feel for what I'm about to tackle.
Dry-fit of one of the flat-packs along with the drivers.
Mattress topper foam on all internal walls with exception to the mid section's back - where the crossover will be mounted.
Assembled using wood glue and brad nails, and then got a feel for the size in comparison to one of my Energy v-6.2 towers in my living room.
Used DAP DryDex spackling (the stuff that goes on pink and dries white) and then sanded
using 220 grit.
Annoyed my neighbors at night with my new Bosch 1617EVSPK using a 1/4" round-over bit on all edges.
Recessed some crazy powerful part-express 1/4" grill magnets. Used superglue to secure them and spackled them in the next day after the glue cured.
Primed and spray painted the recessed areas of the baffles and all of the spackle locations.
15/16" holes for the speakon connectors, used parts-express black hot glue (which is incredible stuff!!!!) generously around the connector base and then twisted it into place after pre-drilling the four screw holes.
Found the perfect fitment screws to use, sprayed the heads black to match prior to installing. Utilized the existing 12AWG monoprice CL2 speaker wire I had run to my front speakers, installed right angle Speakon connectors after lopping off the banana plug ends.
Cut approximate lengths for all internal wiring - Monoprice CL2 speaker wire, 14AWG from speakon to crossover, 16AWG from crossover to each driver. Had to let my crimping hand rest for a few days after 36 crimped on disconnects!
Assembled the mtg90 crossovers with a new Weller iron (was long overdue, as my 8 year old radioshack iron just wasn't cutting it anymore), some parts-express black hot glue, and zip ties.
The boards add a very professional appearance and I can't imagine having to lay out everything efficiently without them!
Installed all crossovers on the rear wall of the center sections. Used 1/2" plastic spacers/stand-offs along with washers and 1"screws after pre-drilling a half-inch depth for each corner. As seen in this picture (the horizontal center speaker) the speakon connector was in the center of the speaker's rear - the 3/16" disconnect tabs were bent flat-ish and the wires were hot glued to the mdf under the crossover to their termination points.
The middle sections were stuffed loosely with polyfil, ensuring to separate wires from each other and the crossover to avoid rattling/buzzing down the road.
The left and right cabinets had the speakon connector installed in the center of the bottom woofer section. Sprayed the foam black in the area around the internal port mouths and sealed up the holes for the wiring to the center sections with generous amounts of the black hot glue. Glued four blocks of common wood behind the baffle for each 10" woofer.
Pre-drilled for all drivers, installed the foam gaskets on the mid-range drivers and on the baffle for the waveguides
Had a mini panic attack when the disconnect tab/connector broke off of a compression driver while pushing it on! Removed the waveguide and used a hex-key to disassemble the compression driver, removing the internal ring. Super-Glued the black plastic pieces together and used some strands of wire to repair the broken connection, then reassembled the driver/waveguide. The first thing I did after reassembling was heat up the glue gun and apply a blob of the black hot glue to the top of each black connector plastic that comes out of the sides of the compression drivers to secure them in place so they don't have free-play bending and moving while pushing the disconnects on which made it much easier to push the remaining connectors on.
I'm going to relax for a while prior to building appropriate stands for them.
The recessed mounting of all drivers make for a truly professional appearance regardless of how the exterior is finished.
All wired up and in their rough locations.
Let Audyssey MultEQ XT do it's thing which put the L/C/R at -8/-10/-6.5 and -9.5 for the subwoofer followed by +1.0 and 0.0 for the two surround speakers (Energy Veritas V2.0Ri). Using the Audyssey curve as opposed to Audyssey Flat.
Ran a sweep at 0db on my Denon AVR-4308CI and an REW signal of -10 db FS with my iNuke 6000DSP and twin Marty Cubes crossed over with all channels at 90-100hz.
Up next is a receiver upgrade followed by eight Volt 6 or 8's for surround and Atmos duty and possibly a pair
of dual opposed sealed 18" subs with another iNuke 6000DSP. Really kicking myself now for not picking up a couple more SI HT18's before it was too late...
These speakers are absolutely stunning! The clarity they produce while the Denon's power is barely being tapped to reproduce reference levels is exactly what I was hoping for!
Cheers to a phenomenally designed speaker and an incredible community within AVSForum