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Center channel: AR2C vs AR4C vs Klipsch RC3 (1 Viewer)

Joseph_Mikhail

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I have an AR HC2 HTiB but want to upgrade my center channel.

Which of these three would be the best choice for mostly HT?

If you guys have any other suggestions I would like to hear them.
 

Doug Drake

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Offhand, I'd say get another AR speaker. The voicing of the Klipsch will be different from the AR, for sure, and will create a mismatch in your front soundstage. You'll want that center to be voiced as closely as possible to the left/right speakers.

Doug
 

Joseph_Mikhail

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Thats what I figured.

I believe that the AR2C and AR4C are pretty much the same speaker except the 2C has a 6.5" woofer for lower frequencies. I wish there was an AR dealer in Houston so I could demo both.
 

Kevin_W

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Joseph,

while the two AR centers may be alike, they still probably use different drivers than the speakers that came in your HTIB package, thus potentially creating sound mismatch anyway. So just because its AR, doesn't mean its a timbre match. Just some food for thought.

Kevin
 

Jason Hammerly

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Also Kevin, that AR2C is about as big as the rest of your HTIB. I had one for a while and it was freaking huge and weighed like 35 lbs. Sounded very nice for an under $250 center, but too big for my direct view set. Got it for $125 so it wasn't a huge investment. Used it for a while and sold it for $200 plus shipping on ebay a few months later. Not bad eh? Later.
 

Joseph_Mikhail

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Jason-

I heard that about the 2C. That might be the deciding factor for me. I really like AR speakers so I will probably go with 4C. I really don't need my center channel to be able to produce low frequencies. I have a sub and usually only use my system for HT.
 

Brett DiMichele

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Joseph,

I hate to bear bad news. Neither the 2C or 4C will timbre

match your HC2 package well. The Ar2C/4C are from the Hi-Res

line wich uses Mag-Alloy Mids and pure Titanium Tweeters.

The HC2 system uses Poly Mids and Poly Tweets. There will

be a vast mismatch in sound and that's not even taking

crossover and cabinent design into effect.

IMHO a "better" choice would be the AR Performance Series

C225PS which uses Poly Mids and Tweets.
 

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