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Finishing up...

Last night I was able to complete the final steps of the 1099 build.

- Installed the binding posts now that the paint was [mostly] dry
- Wire up the speakers and binding posts
- Mount the speakers
- Move the completed setup to their primary listening position (these are pretty heavy!)

Now the 1099s need to break in. A few scenes from War Horse, U-571 and Top Gun got my ears to hurt.

Since the 1099 paint wasn't fully cured yet, I placed the 1099s on top of a sheet of wax paper to avoid any bonding with the top of the subwoofer.
I got so caught up in the experience I didn't realize that the left 1099 was getting bucked off the top of the subwoofer due to the subwoofer's shear power to shake the room. Once the wax paper is removed from underneath, I don't think it will be going anywhere.

I'll be playing radio music at moderate volume for a while to facilitate some break-in.

I did some quick ad-hoc listening comparisons between the new 1099 and the broken in 1299 center.
Seems a bit unfair to even do a comparison before the 1099s get a break in period, but I couldn't resist.
I really do like the meatier output of the 1299. In time I expect the 1099s to shine in their own right.

I'll have to post another follow-up with some measurements once I learn how to use the mic/REW setup.

I included one photo for comparison that shows the (3) older Polk Audio LSi series speakers (in the foreground).
The Polks are being replaced by the (3) new speakers [2 x 1099s for L/R, and 1 1299 center] and (2) new Marty cube subs.
What a difference in capability!!!

Ray
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Looks great. Now you need to replace that seemingly awefully small TV.

BTW, if you are not going to be putting grills, tuxedocivic sells trim rings for the 1099 that transforms the look of the speaker.
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Looks great. Now you need to replace that seemingly awefully small TV.

BTW, if you are not going to be putting grills, tuxedocivic sells trim rings for the 1099 that transforms the look of the speaker.
Thanks @ja00 ! LOL about the TV - it does look awfully tiny now with all these monsters surrounding it.
We plan to get a new TV next year, hoping that the HDR enabled OLED displays come way down in price so we can consider a 65".
Buying a new TV will almost certainly lead to also buying a new AVR. I'm in no hurry to drop another few grand this year.

As for grills, my wife likes the one I created for the 1299, so I'll probably replicate that approach.
She wants them all to have grills, but I would prefer to keep the face of the subs exposed (they are so pretty!) .

BTW @ja00 , I did not consider the 1099 as being "hot" on the high frequency side.
Now the 1299 does seem to be a bit more in your face (to me) than the 1099 (more laid back) - based on a quick test without letting the 1099 break in as of yet.
These adjectives are woefully inadequate to convey meaning, so I should wait until I can measure things so we have some facts to deal with.

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Thanks @ja00 ! LOL about the TV - it does look awfully tiny now with all these monsters surrounding it.
We plan to get a new TV next year, hoping that the HDR enabled OLED displays come way down in price so we can consider a 65".
Buying a new TV will almost certainly lead to also buying a new AVR. I'm in no hurry to drop another few grand this year.

As for grills, my wife likes the one I created for the 1299, so I'll probably replicate that approach.
She wants them all to have grills, but I would prefer to keep the face of the subs exposed (they are so pretty!) .

BTW @ja00 , I did not consider the 1099 as being "hot" on the high frequency side.
Now the 1299 does seem to be a bit more in your face (to me) than the 1099 (more laid back) - based on a quick test without letting the 1099 break in as of yet.
These adjectives are woefully inadequate to convey meaning, so I should wait until I can measure things so we have some facts to deal with.

Ray
I hear you on that OLED. I got mine last week and it is simply stunning. Coming from a plasma it is a worthwhile upgrade. Very happy with my purchase.

I really can't tell you much about the 1099's being bright aside from the comments I have read in this forum since unfortunately I do not have a 1099 myself. I was planning to build one but leaning more towards the HTM series now. Maybe others who actually heard the 1099s can chime in.
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