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Center Channel Speaker -- best bang for the buck?


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#1 of 15 EvanYeager

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Posted May 09 2006 - 06:41 AM

I am a professional educator (read poor) and have over the years been building a home theater system. We just, after saving for 5 years, replaced our 20" with a 52" Mitsu. DLP. Now the cheap Sony center channel speaker I have sure seems lacking.

Currently I have Snell KIIs as mains and an Atlantic Technology 8” powered sub. I hope to eventually purchase an SVS sub and run the Atlantic Technology sub with the KIIs as mains.

Any recommendations for a good, reasonably priced center channel speaker that will work with my Snells?
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Evan T. Yeager, Ed.D.

#2 of 15 Jimi C

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Posted May 09 2006 - 12:01 PM

Have you tried just not using the Sony center? I think you would have better results with no center untill you can afford a decent one that is matched to your mains.

My 2 cents.
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#3 of 15 EvanYeager

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Posted May 09 2006 - 02:02 PM

You are likely correct on not using the Sony.

Does any one know anything about this: http://www.soundcity.../143/14892.html

or this: http://www.homespeak....id=47&offset=0 ?
God bless,
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#4 of 15 Jimi C

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Posted May 09 2006 - 03:13 PM

I think for the best results you should check out the offerings from Snell.
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#5 of 15 EvanYeager

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Posted May 10 2006 - 06:42 AM

Unfortunately, Snell seems to have abandoned their entry level line. Any Snells are out of my price range.
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Evan T. Yeager, Ed.D.

#6 of 15 JeremyErwin

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Posted May 10 2006 - 07:25 AM

a used snell cc1, perhaps?

#7 of 15 EvanYeager

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Posted May 10 2006 - 08:44 AM

Perhaps.
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#8 of 15 John Garcia

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Posted May 10 2006 - 08:51 AM

www.audiogon.com and ebay would be the first places to look, IMO. I don't see any centers from them on A'gon, but you might place a want ad up there and see if it generates anything. You might contact Snell direct too, they may be able to provide some guidance.
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#9 of 15 EvanYeager

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Posted May 10 2006 - 09:04 AM

Taking it here:

http://www.hometheat....d.php?t=234466

I called Snell and they have moved beyond the KIIs and targeting a different market.
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#10 of 15 Kong48

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Posted July 01 2010 - 12:34 PM

IMO JBL Center Channel Spks are all around the best bang for your money. Or even Klipsch I would rate second. If you can afford the Martin Logan would be up there.   Remember JBL & Klipsch are actually used in Theaters.


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#11 of 15 Ed Moxley

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Posted July 01 2010 - 03:17 PM

I'd get new front speakers with a matching center. It's pretty important that the front three speakers match sonically. You could then make the Snells your rear speakers, if you like them that much. Good luck!


Samsung HL61A750 (LED DLP)            Onkyo TX-SR805
Oppo BDP-83 Blu ray                                  Polk Audio LSi9
Polk Audio LSiC                                  Sony SS-MB100H
SVS PC12-NSD (Sub)                       ...

#12 of 15 gene c

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Posted July 01 2010 - 03:31 PM

You did it again, Ed! /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif  It's a four year old thread. /img/vbsmilies/htf/patriot.gif


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#13 of 15 Ed Moxley

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Posted July 02 2010 - 12:16 AM

LOL!

I was just following Kong48's lead................/img/vbsmilies/htf/blush.gif

Maybe one day I'll learn?...................................................naw! This old dog doesn't learn too many new tricks.


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#14 of 15 David Willow

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Posted July 02 2010 - 03:07 AM



Originally Posted by Kong48 

  Remember JBL & Klipsch are actually used in Theaters.


Good Luck,

Kong48



...because they are efficient they can fill a large room with lower power requirements.  Not because they sound better than brand x.  I hate it every time some salesman tries to use that logic on me....


I now bring you back to 2010.  Carry on.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif



#15 of 15 zeitmeister

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Posted August 16 2011 - 12:09 PM

I have a pair of Snell Acoustics K/III (K3) bookshelf speakers and a Snell CC-1 center channel that sound great; however, I haven't used them in a long time. If someone is interested, make me an offer and I may sell them.