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I feel I've been going about this wrong. I realize the most important speakers are the towers especially for music, but it's essential I'm able to match a great center channel with the brand I choose.
For fronts I've been looking at:
Polk LSi15
Polk RTI A9
Aperion Verus Grand Tower
PSB Image T6
Energy Veritas V6.3

Out of these which is best (still open to other options), and which has the best center channel to match.

Would love to check out Wharfdale and Paradigm, but it's impossible to find a dealer around here.

Thanks all!
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What would you be powering them with? A lot of those speakers are VERY power thirsty. As for what's the 'best'.......what my best out of those would be somebody's worst....and vise versa...

My personal favorite are the PSB's though. The LSI15's are very nice and at CRAZY prices now...I've seen them on the bay for $850 shipped...which is EXCELLENT. However...they are some of the most power hungry speakers under $1000 that you will find....
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The EMPtek E56Ci looks like a great center, and right now its on sale for $360. Another center speaker that I have heard lots of great things about is the Klipsch RC64, and that thing looks like a beast! Another monster center I would love to have is the Paradigm Signature C5, but I think that is way over your budget.
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Home Theater Mag. did a review of the Aperion system and claim that the the timbre matching of the towers and center is the best the reviewer's heard in his room.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/a...speaker-system
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I would look at KEF Q600 center
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

The KEF towers
http://search.vanns.com/sitesearch/s...or+Standing%22

Off your list - Aperion or PSB

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I would look at KEF Q600 center
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

The KEF towers
http://search.vanns.com/sitesearch/s...or+Standing%22

Off your list - Aperion or PSB

I like the looks of the Q600.
I take it you're not a fan of Aperion or PSB?
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What would you be powering them with? A lot of those speakers are VERY power thirsty. As for what's the 'best'.......what my best out of those would be somebody's worst....and vise versa...

My personal favorite are the PSB's though. The LSI15's are very nice and at CRAZY prices now...I've seen them on the bay for $850 shipped...which is EXCELLENT. However...they are some of the most power hungry speakers under $1000 that you will find....

In addition to a Denon, I was going to power the fronts using the Emotiva XPA 1A.
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I like the looks of the Q600.
I take it you're not a fan of Aperion or PSB?


i have the kef and am VERY pleased with it.. with my old polk audio center/towers i had to pad the center up like 3.5 DB to get it to sound how i wanted (easy to hear dialogue at low volumes).. didn't have to touch the kef at all, crystal clear without having to artificially pad the center up with receiver settings.
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front stage should always be timbre match,you need the front, center and left speaker with the same timbre....
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I like the looks of the Q600.
I take it you're not a fan of Aperion or PSB?

I think what he is saying is, out of the options you listed, Aperion or PSB get his vote.
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The dealer I go to carries Wharfedale speakers and he set up a surround system w/the new Jade series. Center sounded alot like the B&W HTM centers. Design is somewhat similar w/the tweeter on top. Filled the large room rather well.
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i think what he is saying is, out of the options you listed, aperion or psb get his vote.

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front stage should always be timbre match,you need the front, center and left speaker with the same timbre....

Preferrably a front L/C/R of exactly the same speaker. I would ask the OP that whatever center he buys to give the $99 BIC DV-62CLS-S center a shot. I use this center for all 3 front channel speakers on pedestals. With the sound I'm getting I've found no thirst for an upgrade. You might find you'll send back the expensive center and keep the less costly BIC. I think it's really comparable to centers in the price range you listed. A Home Theater Magazine reviewer years ago called it the best center channel he 'ever' heard. I think anyone who cares about possibly wasting money should give it a fair audition.
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http://www.lockwaresystems.com/RM600C-111-227.html

This center should sound amazing. I have the T900F's, which share the same drivers, and vocals have never sounded so real. They will also go pretty loud without distortion. The drivers are also used in swans flagship series.

There is a member around here that owns the full set that may be able to chime in, if you want to ask him some questions pm me.

 

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Khaos,

That Swan model looks pretty impressive. It would've been better if they had used a midrange that could have handled down to 400H-500Hz instead of 1000Hz where the dome takes over but still the uppermids should be quite clean by the looks of the design. I would like to hear that sometime in the future.
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Khaos,

That Swan model looks pretty impressive. It would've been better if they had used a midrange that could have handled down to 400H-500Hz instead of 1000Hz where the dome takes over but still the uppermids should be quite clean by the looks of the design. I would like to hear that sometime in the future.

Interesting, my T900's have the l6-4r which is ruler flat to 1k.



I notice in all the ht models, the l6-6r's (the midbass drivers on the RM center) are always in a dual setup. Maybe this flattens the response (I also assume less distortion).

Surprisingly, I prefer the way male vocals sound over female on my speakers, but that may just be due to my male vs female music pieces, haha.

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front stage should always be timbre match,you need the front, center and left speaker with the same timbre....

What about the right speaker? I always thought the front included the left...
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What about the right speaker? I always thought the front included the left...

ROFL...

Check this one out. This is my setup $208 for each CLR 2002.

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Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm still looking, but I'll let you all know what I decide on.
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I went shopping about a year ago for speakers for a new 2nd home.

I have Vandersteen 3A speakers in my big system at the main house, and was going to get the Vandersteen 2C speakers. Unfortunately they are 16 inches wide, same as the 3A speakers (something I had forgotten). That wasn't gonna fit, lol. 10 inches was about the max for this smaller joint. With a 60" TV and equipment rack, the wall space was running out fast.

Anyway, I did extensive listening and decided that the two best speakers for under $2000 that would fit were the KEFQ900 and the PSB Image T6. I finally decided that the T6 not only have the best overall sound but the WAF factor was a little better between the two.

Anyway, those two speakers are the ones I can recommend to anyone without any qualification; they are both excellent. I can't imagine anyone being less than thrilled with either one. I love my T6s even more after a year. For $1300, they are an incredible speaker, and a no-brainer at that price. There is nothing I have found for under $1500 that even comes remotely close IMO.

They really come very close to the sound quality of my Vandersteens; for about one-third as much money!

The Image T6 speakers will work great with the Image C5 center, which is around $400, I believe.

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Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm still looking, but I'll let you all know what I decide on.

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