Good center speaker for around $200

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  1. Whitney B.

    Whitney B. Auditioning

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    I am looking at getting a center speaker for around $200.

    Nakamichi AV8 reciever
    Cerwin Vega mains (will be replaced soon)
    Boston Accoustic surrounds
    KLH sub (will be replaced soon)

    Primary input is DVD with 5.1
    Mainly I'm looking for quality.
    Any suggestions as far as brand, make, and model would help get me started. $200 is just a start I'm willing to pay more if I feel it's worth it.
    thank you
     
  2. Greg_R

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    I wouldn't get a center until I had purchased my new main speakers. You want the center to match your mains (timbre matching, same brand and manufacturer).

    For now, turn the center 'off' (i.e. phantom mode).
     
  3. Richard Harvey

    Richard Harvey Stunt Coordinator

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    I disagree, somewhat. The center is so critical, you can certainly start with it and upgrade your mains later. But, I agree with Whitney that you'll want to at least go ahead and pick matching center/mains now, buy the center, and make sure you buy the matching mains in the future.

    A possible good quality speaker near your price range is the Boston Acoustics VR-910 center.

    Rich
     
  4. Adam Bluhm

    Adam Bluhm Supporting Actor

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    Another wonderful center channel is the JBL S-CenterII. They are also timbre matched with all of the speakers in the JBL studio line.
     
  5. Valerie Brown

    Valerie Brown Stunt Coordinator

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    You could also take a look at JBL's
    Northridge Series (the originals...
    not the IIs).

    The N-Center can be purchased for
    around $100.

    The NSP1 is the N-Center and 4 N24s
    speakers and can be purchased for
    around $200.

    You noted you were going to also replace
    your mains. You could purchase the
    some N38s for around $130 each and
    all your speakers would match.

    For less than $500, you could purchase
    2 N38s as mains and an 1 NSP1, add a
    sub and you would have 7.1.


    You could also by the newer Northridge
    Series IIs, but they would likely cost
    a bit more and are basically the same
    speaker.
     
  6. Anny Chien

    Anny Chien Agent

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    Totem mite-T center got mine used for 200
    NHT AudioCenter-1, VS-2.4, VC-3 around 200-250
     
  7. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    I believe there's an NHT 1.2 on ebay right now for $100 or so...
     
  8. Patrick TX

    Patrick TX Stunt Coordinator

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    I just replaced my front stage with Klipsch Reference, from Definitive ProTower, ProCenter. I'm SUPER happy with the center channel, fairly happy with the mains (RP5).
    http://www.reliableaudiovideo.com/kliprc3refce.html
    This is a great price, and the service was excellent as well.
     
  9. Whitney B.

    Whitney B. Auditioning

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    thanks for the input. i'm on my way to go listen to the vr910, vr920 and whatever else they have. would like to give energy a listen i've heard a lot of good things about them. let me know if anyone has any other ideas as far as what would suit me. 80%/20% movies/music. good quality center then later upgrade to the timbre matched mains. there is a boston acoustics vr20 on ebay i might look at as well as the vr-12. thanks
     

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