Upgrading the Center Channel - Opinions?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by JohnnyZ, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. JohnnyZ

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    My home theatre has Cambridge Soundworks speakers. The Fronts are Ensemble IIs. The Center Channel is the CSW Center Channel II. It seems my system would benefit from a better "anchor". I am never missing any surround sound action, but I think the dialogue could sound better / fuller.

    I am looking at the JBL EC35 or the Yamaha NS-C225. I am worried about the idea of "matching" the center to the fronts.

    The video is 92" projection screen (Sanyo Z4)...so it seems the presentation calls for something more..
     
  2. LanceJ

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    Sound-wise CSW speakers are usually on the warm side, so personally I wouldn't advise using the Yamaha. The JBL would be better.

    Personally I would go for the largest center possible:

    1) because male voices will be reproduced more realistically

    2) there is SO much happening in the center (even when crossed over at 80Hz there is still *lots* of bass-oriented stuff going on in that channel).

    Even if you were using a much smaller monitor, I would give the same advice but with an image that big..........[​IMG]

    How about this one from CSW, the MC500:
     
  3. Alan M

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    Tonal matching the 3 front speakers is very important.Purchasing a center from Yamaha or JBL ,and hoping it matches is hit or miss at best.

    Without a match,you'll disrupt your front soundstage.
     
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    I'm with LanceJ on this one. Especially with the 45 day return policy. No doubt in my mind that you will get a much fuller sound with the MC500. Dialogue intelligibility is a really tricky thing though. While it would not match your other speakers, if I was going for dialogue intelligibility, the M&K Center-750 THX Select with its tweeter, woofer, woofer design is said, by M&K, to provide "incredible vocal articulation" would be high on my wish list.
     

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