- Jul 8, 2002
I have posted several times with issues around my center channel. Should I go with one, should I not. 5 years and 3 center channels later, I still just did not like the sound and presense of a center channel. I finally just moved my Infinity Overture 2 speakers into another room, put away my Axiom VP-150 center channel, and purchased three exact same speakers for the front. Dunlavy SC-1av's. I am open minded but was concerned about the sound difference between putting monitor speakers as the mains instead of the towers that were there. I also hoped to hear an improvement in the center, but given that this would be the 4th one, was still skeptical. End result is that I have been an idiot for 5+ years for believing that the speakers I was using were "high end" enough that to spend additional money on others would be a waste. I spent a week calibrating them exactly like I wanted, I experimented with the placement and height. I spent dozens of hours and finally last night, settled down with my wife to watch a DVD all the way through. I had Wind Talker sitting around that I had not watched yet so we drew the curtains, and put it on. It was the single most incredible movie experience (sound wise) that I have ever had. The difference that the Dunlavy's made across the front soundstage was nothing short of stunning. While we could clearly hear the movement of sound as it traveled across the stage, at no time could I ever pin the sound down to a speaker. People weren't talking and me hearing it from a speaker, people were talking in my room. Every nuance, every sound, every tonal inflection, clearly recreated as if it was actually happening in front of me. It was like I had a window into an actual happening. I was so impressed that I put on a CD. I never use my HT for music, but I wanted to hear those speakers. I put in Sade. If I closed my eyes, I could swear the she was standing in my HT room performing for me. What wonderful beautiful speakers. I'm sure that these types of experiences are not exclusive to Dunlavy and I finally understand what those of you with high end speakers have been talking about. I thought I did, but I was wrong. I play those speakers through a Sherbourn 7/2100 amp and a B&K Reference 50, by the way.