Replacing center channel; your thoughts?

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  1. Michael Reuben

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    My beloved KEF 100 center channel was lost last night in a freak accident (don't ask). It was ten years old, meshed perfectly with my Monitor Audio fronts and rears, and was perfect for keeping dialogue anchored to the screen and intelligible throughout my listening room.

    I could simply replace it with another KEF, but it's been 10 years since I looked at center channels. Perhaps something better has come along. Any thoughts or recommendations? Time is of the essence; an HT system without a center channel isn't much good. Thanks in advance!

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    I would suggest looking into a Monitor Audio center channel that matches your mains as closely as possible.
     
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    [font=http://beck.servebeer.com/ht.html]The Kef Uni-Q design places the tweeter in the midrange... where the dustcap normally would be. It's not an MTM design. It also allows their center channel to have the exact same driver config as their bookshelf speakers.[/font]
     
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    Andrew beat me to it (and explained it better than I did). If you're curious, the link below should get you a picture of the KEF 100. It looks like it has only one speaker, but in fact it has both a tweeter and a mid-range.
    http://www.kef.com/100.htm
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    Gotcha, Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
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    After a long consultation with my long-time dealer this afternoon, I'm currently auditioning a Boston Acoustics VR-MC in my system, and so far I'm impressed. It's a classic MTM design, but it doesn't have the noticeable falloff as you move left and right that you find with many center speakers (this continues to be a weakness of Monitor Audio's center speakers, even the Gold Reference series). Plus the tonal matching with the Monitor Audio left and right is quite good.

    I'll live with it for a few more days, but so far I'm encouraged.

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