There was talk of Erich bringing back the 893 (possibly in a 9.5" x 39" format, which would be perfect), and a DIYSG site update from January 2019 says that a TuxedoCivic high-end 3-way with a Motus 8" woofer, Morel midrange, and Fountek ribbon would be going up for sale shortly. Would anyone happen to know what's happened with either of those?
Originally Posted by Bur05XP
For your low volume, clear dialogue, front ported and off axis priorities, I’d look no further than the DIYSG “HT” models for the three front speakers. ...
If you can’t fit these or they don’t pass the WAF then a second vote for the Helix MTM for L/R and a Helix MT for center if you can fit it this way. Turning a traditional vertical MTM on it’s side as a center is a compromise, it works but suffers off axis. The 1099 design helps to reduce these affects by mid drivers located under the waveguide. A HT model (or MT speaker otherwise) as a center is always best.
You’re using a subwoofer so you don’t need the low end the Apollo offers. The Helix Dome is reported by many to be a great sounding speaker. The Cobalt MTM as a center is likely better by design than Helix MTM on it’s side though. Something to consider if a Helix MT doesn’t fit as a center for you.
I was planning on something horizontally-oriented, since my TV will be going on top. Of course, none of these will fit in the TV stand I was planning to buy, so I'll have to build my own. Which will be far more involved. DIYSG does say that the Helix MTM can be used as a center by laying on its side. Do you know how badly it suffers?
Originally Posted by head_unit
Meanwhile, seems to me 3 of these ... would be within your budget. Are you sure you can't cozy up to their looks?
Ha! Y'know, I was contemplating an infinite baffle subwoofer. I don't think the building would appreciate me drilling through concrete and putting it in the apartment above me, though.
Originally Posted by A9X-308
1099's. Then read lots of build threads here for ideas on how to make them pretty and fit the decor. Why? Efficiency and dynamics.
Does efficiency yield anything besides loudness? I'm not looking to hit reference levels. Dynamics are more of a priority. That said, all the nice veneering or white paint isn't going to solve the fact that they're physically huge boxes.
Originally Posted by scottvalentin
The Anthologies would be beautiful speakers, but one note is that they have an open back mid. There's a tunnel that runs from the mid range driver to the back which is open, and as a result, they need to be placed out from the walls at least 18", and I think more is better for them. Not sure where you would be able to find a flat pack.
Since loud is not your priority, I would do 3 MT speakers like the Helix or Cobalts, or maybe look at something like the Amiga kit at Parts Express. Honestly, it would be hard to go wrong with any of the recommendations above.
Yeah, 18" or more wouldn't work for my needs. The Helix is rear ported but only needs something like 8", right?
Originally Posted by trilkb
Maybe it’s my first good speaker but classix ii or classix 2.5. Just got my classix ii’s back together after refinishing them and damn did I miss them. They do great for movies as well as music I think.
Just remember, placement matters.
Placement is a definite concern for me. I don't really have any options for where to place the speakers (they'll have to flank the TV, max 8-12" or so from the wall), which is part of the need for good off-axis performance.