Product Page: http://www.diysoundgroup.com/home-theater-speakers/elusive-1099.html CINEMA ELUSIVE 1099 I want to thank: Erich Fatshaft dtsdig Robert Jones Maxmercy Coctostan And all the contributers to the SEOS design (Zilch, Audio Josh, Penngray, LTD02, etc.) This speaker is designed for the ultimate in audio while having the nagging requirement to use a center channel. There just aren't many speakers out there that can be flipped horizontally without screwing up the SQ, even if the marketing department at Polk thinks it's ok. So in comes the Elusive 1099! This thing has incredible output, clarity that is ranks among the best in the world, excellent horizontal coverage, and constrained vertical coverage. With many end users completely floored by the sound quality of these speakers, it's no wonder they're so hard to keep in stock. Keep your browser on refresh as they don't tend to stay in stock long. The person who requires a horizontal center channel, yet wants uncompromising sound quality at reference levels should take a good look at the Elusive 1099. This speaker fits the bill while so many others simply can't! FAQ Q. Is this design not good for people with AT screens? Was it developed just for people without AT screens? A. No. It's a great design for AT screens. Erich and I just wanted something people could use as a horizontal center also, because there aren't many GOOD options. Q. So if I have an AT screen, should I use 3 verticals versions, or 2 vertical and 1 horizontal. A. Use 3 vertical. Although the difference is slight, might as well have them all the same. Q. Do these require break in? A. I'm often skeptical of claims that break in changes the sound dramatically. Especially with electronics. But in this case, the woofers are a stiff pro style driver that many people seem to find improves with break in. I too have experienced this. For fast break in, I suggest a sine wave at 35hz turned up until you see the woofer cone moving a couple mm each direction. Avoid ugly noises! Leave that going for half an hour. It should not be to loud as it's below tuning, and won't suck to much power as it's right on an impedance peak. Alternatively, play some heavy bass full range but be careful not to over excursion them. Q. What is the power handling? Seems like it should be a billion zillion trillion watts but it's only 400 watts on the DIYsoundgroup website. A. I rate my speakers conservatively based on where the subwoofer is crossed over and how much excursion could take place during high volumes. Many manufacturers state the peak power applied above excursion problems. If that doesn't make sense, just know that I'm conservative because I have no marketing agenda like other manufacturers do. Q. Why use the DNA-205 and not the better DNA-360? A. Better? Hmm. Well, the DNA-360 is really only better at crossing low. The design crosses at 1700hz so the 205 is actually better because it's cheaper. The Fusion 10 Max uses the DNA-360 if that interests you. Q. Is this speaker better than the Fusion XXX or JTR XXX or Seaton XXX or etc.? A. If I haven't heard it, I don't know. All I can do is tell you the potential design merits of each according to published measurements. Q. What surround speaker do you recommend to mate with these? A. The Volt 10 uses a similar woofer, very small, affordable, has the benefits of coax, and seems quite popular. The Fusion 10 uses the same woofer, waveguide, and compression driver, and is designed by me so will have a similar timbre, but costs more and is bigger. Those are my two biggest recommendations. Q. Where should I cross to my subs? A. 80hz is my default answer. 60 ok. No less than 60hz is recommended. Q. Can I run these full range? A. Not recommended. Q. Where can I get the kit, I don't see it on the DIYsoundgroup website. A. This kit is very hard to keep in stock because there are so many parts needed for it. As such, you won't find it on the site often. Check back often and it'll show up when the parts are available again. And sometimes Erich substitutes XO parts for available ones. So if you get a mills resistor or something a little different than what you see in someone else's thread, that's ok. It's only because the normal part wasn't available. We're trying to keep these in stock. Q. How do I wire up the XO? A. Post #3 might help. If not, you can hire mtg90 to build it for you. Or ask on the forum. What ever you do, please don't do it wrong to save a few bucks and live with a bad speaker. I've had some people ask what was wrong with their XO and it was completely shorted out and their amp was lucky to be alive. Doing this part wrong can damage stuff. Get the proper help and get it done right. Q. What size amp should I use with these? A. Something with at least 20 watts. Q. How can they possibly sound good with only 20 watts? A. Well, they'll work with 1 watt. How loud do you want to play? 20 watts will give you about 105db sitting about 10 feet away (depending how you look at it). That's actually really loud. So for reference level, you'll want at least that. So yes, your little receiver will power these just fine. Wanna put a big pro amp on them, sure go right ahead.