Hello, i've got my pre order in for 1099's and im trying to find the best way to put grills on them. I have children so they need to be covered. The baffle on the 1099 is pretty tight, with very little room for hardware/frames etc. I've considered the options, magnet underlay, parts express frame kits, wood frame kits with cloth, metal etc.
The parts express frame kit looks to bulky and difficult to mount.
The woodframe/magnet underlay will work, but I hate to put a frame on the 1099, as it has very little room around the waveguide/speakers for that.
I like the way Metal looks, and i've considered custom made grills from Reliable Hardware, these look easy and good to go, they cut them perfect, and powder coat them, but they only offer them in staggered round hole, or square holes, their best "Open area" spec is around 63%. Im not a fan of the bent edges look either, and they don't have a solution for sharp edges.
That lead me to looking for metal grills with a higher open area, and trim options for the edges. I found these products on Ebay that im pretty excited about, wanted to see if anyone here has used them and has experience with them.
I found some pretty awsome grill material on Ebay, 77% open area, 14 Gauge Aluminum Hex, the guy who sells it also sells a Neoprene rubber edge trim kit.
I like the conviniance/price of Reliable Hardware, but the ebay material is superior, and with the neoprene edge trim kit I don't have to worry about sharp edges/perfect cuts. I would have to cut the material myself, not sure the best way to cut that, I have a Disc grinder with metal cut of wheels, but getting a straight cut with a tool like that will be tricky, though not sure how much it matters with the trim. What do you guys think of this material?
The mounting method would be similar, wood screws into 1/2 stand spacers with a finish washer directly on the grill.
This metal grill should be about as good as it gets, sonically, for a metal grill, 77% open space and no frame. Should be strong enough (14 Gauge) for home use, it's not going on the road or anything.
It will be more expensive this way then the Reliable hardware, as the sheets are 55$ each (16x48) i'd need at least 4 sheets to do 3 1099's and a pair of Volt 10's. Combined with ~40 feet of the neoprene trim. I think the look would be dynamite though. I plan to paint my 1099's white with a black metal grill.
The video's give a better idea of quality, scroll down on the ebay page.
77% open area, 14 Gauge, powder coated hexagonal aluminum, with a nice clean edge if you use the neoprene edge kit. I don't think it gets much better then this for metal grills. It's expensive though, as i'd need about 4 sheets to complete my project, and a good 40 feet of the trim. I'd mount it the same way Reliable hardware suggest, screws straight though the mesh though a 1/2 standoff into the speaker.