Background: Got a new TV. Old AVR didn't have HDMI so bought a AVR (Denon AVR-X3400H) from A4L. Wow, I can stream music using my home network using airplay. Wow, Klipsch speakers that sound pretty good for HT don't sound so good for music. Looked at Emotiva T2/C2 combo along with ELAC then branched out to Tekton and other ID companies. Then looked at DIY and wanted to build Anthology towers with Statement II center. After a few email exchanges with Curt and Jim, decided they were great stereo speakers but had too many placement restrictions along with doubts whether my AVR would provide enough headroom to get the designed SQ. That brought me to DIYSG where I saw high efficiency speakers designed to work in "regular" rooms and my AVR would be sufficient. Build thread photos showed people not restricted by "normal" placement rules.
After multiple discussions with Erich and my wife, decided on the 1099 with horizontal center (since 893 no longer available and HTM center wouldn't work - WAF). WAF dictated the LR speakers needed to be TMMWW configuration to limit their height. Did I mention this is my first DIY speaker build? Not looking forward to cutting up a perfectly good baffle.
Found spotts29 build along with a couple of 893 builds that went with this configuration.
Planning to use laminate. Can I use my circular saw with a finishing blade to make the required cuts or should I get a laminate shear - https://www.amazon.com/MA72500-Klenk...70_&dpSrc=srch
I can see where using the circular saw could result in something going really wrong vs the shear being pretty safe in terms of getting a straight cut.
Planned steps for center speaker build:
Put the cabinet together minus baffle, reinforce woofer mounts on baffle, put foam in woofer areas, install crossover & wires, glue baffle on, prime surfaces I don't plan on covering with laminate, put laminate on - use j roller, wait overnight for contact cement, trim laminate using flush trim bit, cover laminate with tape then paint, install terminal posts & connect wires to crossover, stuff mid section with polyfil, connect & install drivers.
For the LR speakers, same process except for cutting the baffle (hope I don't have to order additional baffles), adding 1/2 to 1" above the waveguide for aesthetics and adding that same amount to sides and back and gluing the panels, making a plinth (learned that word on this forum).
Any suggestions or changes to the order appreciated.
In CA, HD and Lowes sells DAP Weldwood low VOC water based contact cement (green label). There are some scary reviews...have you been successful using this product? Should I try to get an out of state seller to ship original (red label) to me?
Received boxes from DIYSG today and started putting crossovers together - bought the PCB. Watched the video Matt put together and picked up on technique he used. Didn't own a soldering iron until this project. Will try to work on center speaker first to get an idea of what putting a "standard" 1099 together is like before working on modifying one.