Best <=$200 center channel?

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  1. Barry.Evans

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    I'm slowly building my HT system and I'm not musically inclined so I don't 'hear' a lot of difference in things. I'm looking for a quality center channel in the ~200 range. Any recommendations?

    -bp
     
  2. David_Stein

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    i would look into the S-series from JBL. im no where near an audiophile, but i use the N-series from jbl, and i love them. i have heard that the S-series, especially the center channel speaker, is a large step up, plus they are still budget speakers.
     
  3. Phil Iturralde

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    I second David's recommendation, they are also 3-way speakers and the advantage of this design is that its horizontal off-axis response is much smoother than that of the usual two-way*, woofer-tweeter-woofer center speaker.

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    JBL S-Center II Studio Series 3-Way Center Channel Speaker $169.00* (*must request price to your email) + $15.08 S/H
    Availability: usually ships in 1 to 2 business days

    Search the internet for other prices from authorized JBL dealers.

    *David - since both JBL N- & S-Series utilize the JBL TEC Award Winning LSR Pro Studio EOS™ waveguide, the JBL N-Center off-axis response is above AVG vs. other 2-way Centers!

    Phil
     
  4. keir

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    i would say axiom m2i. same tweeter and woofer as the m22ti and vp150, but in a smaller cabinet. i just replaced my paradigm cc-170 with an m2i and the improvement is pretty big. the cc-170 had a bass hump and the tweeter wasnt as good. also the dispersion is better so it sounds very good from wide angles. i think the axiom speakers are tought to beat in their price range, especially since they introduced the new m2i with their best tweeter.


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    forgot to mention that the speaker is shielded, but not quite well enough. i dont have a problem right now but i have heard that some people are not able to place it directly on the tv. a couple inches distance should be enough though.
     
  5. ChrisClearman

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    JBL S for me. Paid like $120 3 years ago.
     
  6. Stephen Hopkins

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    I would get what ever center is matched to your mains... the BEST center speaker can sound out of place if not properly matched with your main speakers.
     
  7. Brian Ruth

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    Another rec for the S-Center. I have one in my system, and the sound on it is great.

    Amazon has it for $169.99 WITHOUT the need for coupons or email, as it's stock on this particular item is offered by J&R.

    It's TECHNICALLY not the most up-to-date S-Center (the II series is), but I've heard that the main difference between series I and II is just cosmetics, so you probably don't have anything to worry about in that respect.

    The price is good too - you're getting a good center for a low price. [​IMG]

    I'd also look to match your center to your mains like Stephen said. Have you bought left/right and surround speakers yet??
     
  8. Nathan J

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    Does anyone have a link to that Axiom speaker?


    I am kinda wondering the same thing, but I have Phase Tech mains and surrounds, and I wonder if I shouldn'y just stick with the same brand.
     
  9. MikeMcGrew

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    Hey Brian, the link that Phil posted was for the S Center II. Mike.
     
  11. Brian Ruth

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    Mike:

    Thanks for telling me.

    I can't really tell if the Amazon link is for a II series (just not labeled) or not. Usually, if a company offers an older model, they drop the price on it.

    Color me confused. :b

    Again, though, as far as I have heard, the I and II series speakers are pretty much identical in most respects. One would probably get equal performance out of both of them.
     

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