Picking Center Channel Speaker

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  1. Eric_L

    Eric_L Screenwriter

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    Ok, so I decide it's time for me to pick a center channel speaker. I go to my local CC, and had a VERY patient salesman plug in a half dozen center channels.

    Playing a variety of music I couldn't tell the $5 from the $250 speakers. And I'm SURE there's a difference. WE tried Polk, infinity, Pioneer, etc.

    What am I not listening to or for?

    FYI - my center channel will be in front of an 8' wide projection screen that is 5' off the floor. The L+R speakers are equal distance about 20' apart. That'd be 9-10 feet from the center channel each. I sit about 12 feet back from the wall. The room is 24x24 w vaulted ceilings.

    I want to replace my center channel speaker now because it was never designed to be a center channel. During movies I hear the sound coming from the speaker, instead of it seeming to come from the screen. I want one with a wider and taller soundstage.

    My rears are crap, but my L+R are nice Infinitys and my sub is a Velo 15. Yes, I'm buying this sys one set at a time.
     
  2. Adil M

    Adil M Supporting Actor

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    Which Infinity's? Go w/ the largest sub and look for one in which the voices sound natural and not like they are coming directly from the box. The larger subs do a good job w/ this. Make sure the drivers are close to the same size as you fronts if you can. Good luck.
     
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    I'm guessing that the matching Infinity center is no longer made and your mains are older, but nice models. How much do you want to spend? Do you have a size requirement? There are lots of nice center channels out there.
    If you're going to replace the Infinity's w/ something else soon, then just get the center channel in that line. If not, then start looking at what's out there.
    You looked at speakers up to $250; here's one for $140:
    http://www.htdaudio.com/levthrecensp.html
    http://store3.yimg.com/I/htd_1714_2559115
     
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    Try to get a speaker that closely matches your main L/R mains. Most speaker lines have a center that is voiced to blend with the rest in the line. Ideally, all three speakers in the front should be identical. I can tell you three identical speakers sound amazing compared to a "Center" channel with a MTM (midrange-tweeter-midgrange) configuration.
     
  5. Eric_L

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    My fronts are only a month old, they are Infinity Entra One
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/dirtchea...none2way6.html
    I'm quite pleased with the sound.
    I listened to the INF center; it was either one of these (i dont recall) Not sure which is matched to my fronts.
    Infinity ALPHACENTERBK: or Infiinity ENTRACENTRTWO
    http://www.circuitcity.com/frame1.js...Y+SPEAKER&qp=0
    My Velodyne 15" Sub is up to task. My rears are next to go after the center channel.
    Will the Infinity 'fill' the space between the fronts? I want to hear the sounds, not the speaker. The speaker I have now is very clearly the source of center audio. I want the sound source in the center to be more ambiguous.
    If that means something other than Infinity, so be it.
    When I listen to the speakers in the showroom I cannot distinguish one from the other. What should I listen for?
     

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