Originally Posted by Timothy91
I'm not going to state with any certainty that the modded version of the bookshelf sounds better than the center channel.
With all due respect, Timothy, you have not heard my mod. If that's why you cannot state it then I agree.
As far as comparison between the modded bookshelf and the stock center go, the main difference in the sound is going to be in the mids and highs. The center enhances the bass by adding another woofer and a bigger box. The big box is the center's main advantage. It's something the bookshelf mod cannot duplicate but it does come close with better damping. My mod does send more output to the one woofer and that helps make up for only having one.
The modded bookshelf may lose a little to the center in the bass dept (the bookshelf is a little boomy) but it more than makes up for it with superior mids and highs. The clarity and soundstage is something the center does not have.
Modifications have been tried to the Venturi line before and in blind evaluations some respectable opinions have preferred the un-modded speaker.
True, but my mod is much more extensive than all previous attempts I have heard about. Ed's mod (the most popular mod to date) was terrible. It did reduce the highs but did not make the speaker sound any better. It had a hollow, muddled sound character. I know because I had his mod. One day it occured to me that when I was contemplating replacing the BICs because I was nowhere near satisfied with the Ed modded version, that I should design my own mod. It sort of became a passion for me. It took years to evolve to what it is today. I do the mod for people as a hobby and because I want people to find out what I have found and that is that the little BICs have serious potential to reproduce a very satisfying listening experience.
Each person will have their own personal taste. Based on my deep research in regards to the Venturi line and the mods out there, that you should only mod the crossovers in these speakers if you intend to power them with strong amplifiers (amps that have over 125-watts of unclipped output [1% distortion]).
One thing I must point out. You don't need a powerhouse amp for the modded version. I use mine with an 80 wpc amp. I have not tested this aspect but I do not believe my mod reduces the spl efficiency very much if at all. It does reduce the highs but it increases the lows so it may be a wash. This modded version can be enjoyed at any volume. It's sounds great no matter how loud you have it. I think I like it's low volume performance the best. I like listening to them late at night with the lights down low. They have a comfy, warm sound that kind of lulls you to sleep.