I've only listened to it for a few hours. I managed to measure it as well and create a set of EQ filters for Jriver. There wasn't much to EQ, but some room modes were present and some fine tuning of an 80hx XO slope. I don't have the measurements on this computer, but can post them another time.
Since it's so new I'm reluctant to come out too quickly with a verdict. I am/was using a Dynaudio Confidence center which is quite expensive, so I wasn't expecting the Special 88 to wipe the floor with it. Considering the almost ridiculous price difference between the two the Special 88 held it's own favorably. On the first day of testing I simply put the Special 88 on top of the rack/cabinet where the Dyn Center sits. I ran it without EQ first then some quick filters. I immediately noticed a more clear and open sound. To level the playing field I actually removed the rack and positioned the Special 88 where my Dynaudio resides and put some pillows around it. Not an optimal position, which is exactly the problem with the Dynaudio setup right now, it is simply not able to perform as intended as I've installed it. To compare the two I felt it best to position it where I have the Dynaudio center. I should note, than once I'm settled on the Special 88, it will go onto the wall and behind some fabric and an AT screen infront of it. All the racks in the pictures will be removed.
In depth review will have to wait until it has more playtime, but the following clips I will leave some short comments on some scenes that incorperate center speaker action.
Hurt Locker - Barret scene. Compared to the Dynaudio in this scene, the dynamic impact of the shots are alot more impressive and they sound good, not just loud.
Transformers 3 - Optimus Prime voice is really awesome sounding. I had a friend over on testday two and we immediately noticed that Optimus' voice just sounded superb.
Avatar - Intro - first voice was quite "present" a bit overwhelming, did not sound natural. Once you switch to the scene in the cryotube, it sounded better. I found it odd, maybe the mix is like that?
Tron - Race - Very dynamic sounding, more ease to the sound and I could play this really loud without harshness. I was getting the kind of midbas impact I am searching for.
(Remind me to take notes, because I watched ALOT of clips but can't reminder
I though it to be generally neutral sounding, which the Dynaudio are as well, so it seemed pretty seamless with the Special 88 as center and Dyn left/right.
I won't be able to continue listening tests until a week from now, since I'm abroad working right now, which is a shame because I would rather be home watching movies!
My gut right now is, I'll be sorry that I didn't buy 3 right away!
PS: I had to to turn down the center channel 9dB to match the other speakers.