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I am looking to upgrade my center and surrounds and thought this may be a good time to get my feet wet in the DIY route. I have been looking at a lot of the speakers on this site: http://www.diysoundgroup.com/speaker-kits.html
It looks like a good way for me to start out. Are there any specific builds you would recommend for a Center? I like the looks of the overnight sensation, but not sure about the sound (although will prob sound better than my Polk I currently have).

The speakers will be powered by a Pioneer VSX-822-K.

Thanks for any info!
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I would use 3 of the same if possible. The speakers in the link are meant to be standing upright, not laying down like most center channels you see.

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I would first start with the right and left channels. You will better realize the amazing value and sound of a stereo pair than just a center channel. I also recommend you find a design that has plans for both the center and setero channels so your speakers match across the front.

Not knowing what your budget is, these are very modestly prices with great performs. They will be better than your Polk speaker.

Center: http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/mtm-speaker-kits/zaph|audio-za5.3c-center-channel-single/
Mains: http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/mtm-speaker-kits/zaph|audio-za5.3-mtm-pair/
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Yeah, those are not bad prices! I figured I would do the center and surrounds since right now they seem to be the weak link in my system. The fronts are a pair of vintage Sansui SP-2500 that I rebuilt and they sound great, but eventually will upgrade them.
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Depending on your budget, there are some GREAT designs out there. I've had a lot of fun over the past 3-4 years building different kits and building my own. I feel building the speakers is the best value for my money when it comes to sound. Another thing to keep in mind, depending on your room size and again your budget, I feel the center channel speaker is the most important speaker in a HT setup. So don't look for cheap and small. Invest some time and money (within reason) into that speaker! smile.gif
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Yeah, I don't want to go too cheap, but figure I can get better sound if I do it myself and am not afraid to try, but I don't know a whole lot about the details of picking speakers, but would be a good way to learn.
I figure I would go all out on the speaker in case I messed something up on the first build, but I am aiming for a $200 budget not including wood. I think that would be a good starting point.
Any suggestions of some good designs you would recommend?
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For a speaker that fits your budget and is a great performer check out this design. I've heard this design after building a set for a friend. He was replacing an older pair of B&W. He mentoned they have a different sound than the B&W's, but he likes them a lot and cost about half what replacing the B&W's would have cost him.
http://htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=19887

Now, if no nonsense audio is your goal, and you can increase the budget (almost double) check out this design kit. If you have the space and location available for this design, it's CRAZY good. You could easily build this center channel and then over time save up and mate them with the Mini Statements. That would give you audio performance that will blow your mind. I've built the Statements, Mini Statements, Statement CC, and a variation of the Statement CC. It's my all time favorite speaker. I LOVE THEM! But, they are outside your budget. So still with what you feel comfortable with. Don't let me talk you into changing your goals or budget.
http://meniscusaudio.com/statements-center-p-1337.html
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I actually did look at building the statements, and they do look fantastic.
The links on the 2nd one's build aren't working so I'll see if there is a parts list to get a guesstimate of cost.

Do you think my VSX-822-k will drive these ok, or do I need to consider a different amp? I know it will drive 8 and 6 ohm loads.
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Those Statements really do look awesome! I was planning on building a pair of Statements sometime next month after I finish my Seos-12's and sealed Dayton HO18's. Otherwise, for the OP, I highly recommend the Seos designs as for home theater, they appear to be top notch and hard to beat.
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are the seos designs the ones with the ports? To my knowledge there are no centers with the seos design correct?
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Your Yammy should drive them just fine. They always like more power, but you won't be at a huge disadvantage driving them with the Yammy.

Here is my build thread for the Statements. http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=33392

I don't think I have build threads for the Mini Statements or center channel. But there are plenty out there if you search.
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are the seos designs the ones with the ports? To my knowledge there are no centers with the seos design correct?
SEOS refers to the waveguide; some designs are ported, some not.

Here's a page with most of the current designs thus far, at least the ones that will be available in full kit form from diysoundgroup:

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/waveguide-speaker-kits.html

The DS4 would make a great center:

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/waveguide-speaker-kits/seos-dayton-ds4-kit.html

Also there's the "Daniel" on the forum there:

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/forum/index.php?topic=101.0
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Those look amazing! Bet they sound even better than they look.
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Your Yammy should drive them just fine. They always like more power, but you won't be at a huge disadvantage driving them with the Yammy.
Here is my build thread for the Statements. http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=33392
I don't think I have build threads for the Mini Statements or center channel. But there are plenty out there if you search.
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Wow.. that Dayton 12 looks very nice! Does anyone know what it sounds like?
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