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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   awcamaro

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Posted December 02 2012 - 04:51 PM

I have some space constraints and I was wondering which center channel would be best for me. The only constraint is that it cannot be more thank 6 inches deep and 10 inches high. Width does not matter. Also, I would prefer it be under $150.

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Posted December 02 2012 - 10:37 PM

What are your front speakers?

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Posted December 03 2012 - 09:07 AM

None so far. I guess I'll need to match them, but I would like a center channel recommendation first.

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Posted December 03 2012 - 09:18 AM

Best is subjective...at best(ahem)... http://www.amazon.co...=center speaker http://www.amazon.co...=center speaker http://www.amazon.co...=center speaker

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Posted December 03 2012 - 09:20 AM

Are these actually good or did you just go to amazon and click "sort by rating"?

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Posted December 03 2012 - 10:28 AM

No, I spent about 2 minutes checking "center speaker" on Amazon. In that 2 minutes I went to those three manufacturers websites and checked the size. The CW is actually 6.1, but I figured that was "close enough". So, that is my involvement. "Good or not" depends on your ears.

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Posted December 03 2012 - 11:10 AM

I haven't looked at small center speakers that much but given your constraints I'd look at these two for sure. I've never heard the Polk TL-2 but the size and price is right. http://www.ebay.com/...#ht_1565wt_1399 .Veritas V-Mini from WorldWideStereo.com via ebay but it's $20 over budget. http://www.ebay.com/...#ht_2359wt_1399 There's matching small satellites for $120 each. Or larger bookshelves. If you're not afraid of buying used. But you'ld have to be the only one to bid on it. Axiom VP150 http://www.ebay.com/...6#ht_177wt_1399
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
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Posted December 03 2012 - 12:55 PM

I am really liking the Polk TL compact speaker series. Great combination of looks, quality, and sound quality (from reviews). From my understanding, this is their lineup (amazon prices): TL1: Center - $74 Bookshelves - $79 (each) TL2: Center - $139 (out of stock temporarily) Bookshelves - $95 (each) TL3: Center - $199 Bookshelves - $149 (each) However, much I would like to have the TL3, it's too expensive. A TL2 center fits the budget, but the bookshelves at $200 a pair seem a little pricey. Would it be okay if I mixed and matched with the TL2 center and the TL1 bookshelves? They are part of the same "series", but I think they use different drivers. Not sure.

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Posted December 03 2012 - 01:18 PM

I can't really answer that but it looks like they use the same tweeter which is always good. Polk "timbre matches" their speaker to one another, even in different lines-or so they say- but there's no way to know how successfull they were until you listen to them. There's always two lines of thought. Some think all speakers should be as close to each other as possible. Can't argue with that. But I've alwyas felt having a center channel that might be better than the others is a good trade-off. Especially if the tweeters are the same.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


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Posted December 03 2012 - 02:53 PM

Yeah, they say the center channel and subwoofer are the things you need to focus on. I already have a BIC F-12, solid sub, and was going to get the Polk Audio CS2 Series II, but way to huge. I just reorganized a furniture a bit, and I think compact is the way to go, but I really don't want to sacrifice sound quality.




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