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I have:
  • Elemental designs sub
  • 4 (old) Paradigm Titans that i'm using as surrounds
  • 2 (newish) The Speaker Company P6-Pr that i'm using as front right and left (should i move these to be surrounds and use the paradigms up front?
  • and a denon avr 3808ci

I have been using a Paradigm cc-150 but both speakers in it blew and i think i might as well replace as opposed to repair.

I have a budget of around $200. Should i go with another elemental designs product? Someone has some Paradigm cc90 bookshelfs and a center channel for sale on my local craigslist which is tempting
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How the heck did you blow the original center?
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I'm not really sure... I think i was streaming a Phish concert on a new years eve. Excuse my lack of correct terms here but the foam/rubber ring around the speaker has separated from the plasticy part of the speaker.
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I have a budget of around $200.

If so, your thread title should read: "Can you recommend a center channel for <</font>$200 that would go well with my setup?"

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Thanks for catching that.
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would that paradigm cinemea cc be a good match? The craigslist seller will sell the two bookshelves (cinema 90s) and center channel for $70...seems like a killer deal.

otherwise HarmanAudio.com has Infinity CC225 on clearance for $212
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(should i move these to be surrounds and use the paradigms up front?

Unless it will be a hassle to remove them from their installation, why not try three of the Titans in front right now? It would be a perfect timbre match.

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I guess i never thought of that. Does it matter much that the titans i have are from the late 1990's? I'd have to replace my current center with a new Titan, or throw a new titan as a side/rear
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I guess i never thought of that. Does it matter much that the titans i have are from the late 1990's? I'd have to replace my current center with a new Titan, or throw a new titan as a side/rear

You have nothing to lose by trying. If they sound good, it doesn't matter how old they are. I just sold a Paradigm Phantom v1 pair a few weeks ago that I have had for years. They still sounded great.

If it does sound good, then why not run 5.1 until you can save up for a nice set of matching L/R/C that would be a good upgrade to your system?

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What would be a good upgrade to my paradigms? I dont have a need or desire to go to crazy on a home theater but I don't mind spending a couple hundred per speaker. i was thinking maybe three of these elemental designs... Does $200 buy a "decent" speaker?

http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=967
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I wouldn't recommend Elemental Designs to anyone. There have too many discussions about customer service issues on AVS, such as this one: http://avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthrea...ight=elemental

But that's up to you.

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any suggestions?
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I have not heard those Paradigm Titans. Which version number are they? Maybe someone would have an idea then.

As far as $600 for L/R/C, the HSU HB-1 and HC-1 are popular.

For a little bit more, a lot of people like the Energy RC series, on discount: RC-10 and RC-LCR.

The Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE and CMT-340 SE are also often recommended on AVS (I think there is a sale price if you click the Thanksgiving Day Sale link).

Maybe someone else can offer additional speaker suggestions in that budget range.

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Thank you for the links. Much appreciated. I'm not sure the version number. I looked at the tag on them and it doesn't say anything. They're literally from 1998 or 1999. I bought them at the same time as my center channel, which is a Paradigm CC-150 if that helps.

The speakers seem fine but i realize it's probably time to upgrade...
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