Upgraded my Center Channel today.

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Hey folks,
    Just wanted to share that I replaced my AR Performance
    Series C225 Center with an AR Hi-Res AR4C Center Channel
    today. I could hear the diffrence in tonal quality between
    my Hi-Res mains and my Performance Series Center. Granted
    the diffrence was very minimal but it was enough to make
    me want a center that ran the same identicle drivers as
    my mains. WOW you simply can not tell them apart now as
    the sound the mains and centers produce are identicle in
    every fashion (with exception that the Center only goes
    down to 70Hz of course)
    Makes me wish I would have bought AR Hi-Res boolshelfs too.
    But since surround is not exactly the same as stereo music
    information the Performance Series "work" for rear L/R Surr
    and I am going to move the Performance Series center to
    the back wall and use it for rear surround.
    I may eventualy switch out the Performance Series Bookshelfs
    for a pair of Hi-Res AR15's and another AR4C to use as rear
    surround but I have to get a new DVD player and a sub first!
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  2. PaulKH

    PaulKH Second Unit

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    Hmmm... I have an AR CS25HO (not sure how good an AR center that is) but I've often thought I could do better.
    Besides balancing out your system, do you think the AR4C is a much better center than you had before?
    If so, where did you buy it and, if you don't mind, how much?
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Paul,
    Can I be frank? Here are the different lines of AR speakers.
    Phantom
    Hi-Res
    High Output
    Stature Series
    Performance Series
    The Hi-Res series is the top of the line and are on par with
    the best offered by Def-Tech,PSB,nOrh,Paradigm,Klipsch and
    any other speakers in the same price range.
    All of the Hi-Res series speakers (Towers, Bookshelfs and
    Center Channels all use the same driver components and all
    use the D'Apolitto Midrange-Tweeter-Midrange arangemant.
    The Hi-Res series uses a 5.25" Midrange constructed of
    Magnesium-Aluminum alloy machined out of one piece of billet
    stock there is no dust cap, just a perfect hemispherical
    piston (cone). The Tweeter's are all 1" Diamond Hardened
    pure titanium. The Hi-Res towers are all ready for Bi-Wire
    and Bi-Amping (non powered versions) or you can go with the
    versions that offer internal amplification via Bob Carver
    Sunfire amps.
    I can not say enough good about them, of course I would
    always suggest you listen to them yourself as each speaker
    has a unique sound and you may prefer another brand. I love
    my AR gear and I know I couldn't have bought a better set of
    speakers unless I went out and spend 4 times the money.
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