Originally Posted by pmd918
Great thread, thanks for taking the time to document your journey. Extremely informative.
I originally started hanging out in this DIY forum a little over a month ago when I decided I needed new subs. So in the next week or two I will have them built. But in the process of spending hours in this forum it's hard to ignore all the talk about the 1099's. Even though I really didn't intend to embark on a long journey to build new LCR, maybe. . .?
But I've been searching for a little more than "Wow, my 1099's sound great". Hard to tell if the frame of reference is a POS pair of $100 speakers or $20,000 exotics.
What prompted me to post here was one of the photos in the beginning of the thread where you had your Fusions on top of a pair of Paradigm speakers.
I have Paradigm Studio 100's and a CC-690. Was wondering if you could offer any description of how the 1099's sound relative to the Paradigms.
And so the DIY Pandora's Box journey has begun! All joking aside, I find the building of subwoofer and speakers extremely rewarding and more often than not potentially financially beneficial as well-depending just how overkill you decide to make them.
Thanks for the kind works. I still am in a deficit in terms of giving back vs how much knowledge I've gleaned from the talented individuals here. So expect some more details threads as time permits.
Compared to most I haven't had lavish systems in the past-mostly Polk or JBL tower types-so that is where the majority of my experience has been with. That being said I've been to a couple of high end audio trade shows
and heard demos of $10,000-$1,000,000+ systems and I can say that the 1099's in my non acoustically treated living room can hold their own against speakers that cost $20k+. **With that said most 2 channel "hi-fi" speakers are WAY overpriced and a specific dollar value is a tough way to evaluate them.**
In regards to the Paradigm speakers: They are my roommates and would be comparable to the currently monitor 9's. The 1099's simply outperform them in all areas in my opinion. It's hardly a contest. I hear many more things in songs and movie soundtracks that I never noticed before having the 1099's. In fact the Volt 10's were much better to me than the Monitor 9's.
Now, I'm sure your Studio 100's would best the Monitor 9's significantly so it wouldn't be as
dramatic of difference.
Try to find someone local that is willing to demo them for you.
Originally Posted by chalugadp
Look into Joe's gtg threads(Vancouver summertime). There is pages of details lot more then "wow". On diysoundgroup reviews there is several good reviews including mine
. imho it would be a significant upgrade over your current speakers.
Originally Posted by pmd918
Thanks for the info. I read the threads and there is definitely some more useful detail to be found. Based upon what I've read, I think you are right, I'd probably really like the 1099's.
Go for it! You could probably sell the Paradigms to finance most of the 1099 project costs.