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So everything else aside, what is the best center channel for dialogues/vocals?

I don't want this discussion to bring in abilities to play music, flat freq response over 20-20khz, etc. Just vocals/dialogue.

If you can, even mentioning just the drivers is also allowed. No need to have the whole box or a branded item.
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I don't want this discussion to bring in abilities to play music, flat freq response over 20-20khz, etc. Just vocals/dialogue.

You do realize that the bulk of sound comes through the center, not just vocals.

That said, anything with a good clean midrange will be great for the majority of vocals.

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i'm pretty sure that will be dependent on which mains (L/R) you are intent on using with said center channel, as they ideally should all be of the same lineage ...

... but i'm new.
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I really don't want anything else to be in the picture...mains L/R...musical abilities.
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You know there is no definitive answer to your question. Each person hears slightly different and each person has their own preferences.

That being said I like speakers with horn loaded tweeters best for hearing vocals and dialog and my wife agrees.

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You know there is no definitive answer to your question. Each person hears slightly different and each person has their own preferences.

That being said I like speakers with horn loaded tweeters best for hearing vocals and dialog and my wife agrees.

Good answer. Any particular brand of speaker or Driver manufacturer?
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Good answer. Any particular brand of speaker or Driver manufacturer?

For vocals with all other things aside I love the sound of Klipsch Reference Series RC62ii. However I own the BIC Acoustech PL-28 center and for the price I don't think it can be beat.

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http://www.genelecusa.com/products/3...nitors/1038bc/

Completely adjustable levels for each driver, this can be set up flat in just about any room/placement. It also cost $8k.
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http://www.genelecusa.com/products/3...nitors/1038bc/

Completely adjustable levels for each driver, this can be set up flat in just about any room/placement. It also cost $8k.

Hold on let me dig that out of my couch

I personally like Ribbon Tweeters for vocals or really anything. I think they sound amazing. I have Arx speakers. I also like the highs on Klipsh speakers but I found the rest to be a little lacking but thats just my opinion. I heard the ones at Best Buy though so that is a horrible reference. I also like the sound of Paradigm studios. I have a good friend that owns some Klipsh 62s and he swears up and down that they sound fantastic for any type of music. Better than Paradigm in his opinion.
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I enjoy a good phantom center (srs).
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Tweeters don't come into play very much in the vocal range...


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I enjoy a good phantom center (srs).

when using a phantom center, the Dolby spec (for DD5.1 and maybe others too)forces the system (a system being a receiver or pre/pro that decodes Dolby codecs) to turn on dynamic range compression. Not a good thing.

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This feels like an odd game where no one can get the answer right. :s

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The simplest questions are the hardest to answer?
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The simplest questions are the hardest to answer?

lol, I think that genelec was the answer. You didnt give any other criteria, kind of hard to expect a specific answer Audio is also highly subjective.
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The simplest questions are the hardest to answer?

That's because there is no correct answer...it is very subjective.

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Then how about which speaker has the best response measured across the vocal range?
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Then how about which speaker has the best response measured across the vocal range?

What measurements?

Lots of speakers have excellent measurements.

The problem is that there are not a lot of measurements for "center" speakers.

Also, as you know, you don't have to use an actual center speaker for a center speaker.

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Ha ha

Please answer the question directly, not indirectly plz...
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Ha ha

Please answer the question directly, not indirectly plz...

There is no direct answer.

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when using a phantom center, the Dolby spec (for DD5.1 and maybe others too)forces the system (a system being a receiver or pre/pro that decodes Dolby codecs) to turn on dynamic range compression. Not a good thing.
I've never heard that. It runs counter to my personal experience.
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I have also been searching for the best possible center channel speaker that is within the constraints of my budget. For me, the reason I am starting with the center channel in my search for a new system, is simply because I feel as so if I should make sure and get the best possible center channel speaker that I can afford, due to the fact that most of content of any movie is going to be coming from the center channel. All of the dialog of any movie is mostly coming through the center. Sure the mains are also important, especially when watching action movies with lots of special effects, but, the center channel is where the majority of the dialog comes from, and I for one, think this is the most important part of the system. Good luck in your search. It might help people give you their opinions if the OP were to post up his budget for this speaker.
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The Paradigm CC-690 and Aerial CC5 have in the past been highly regarded as some of the best centers. But as others have already said preference plays a big role. JTRs Triple 8 or Triple 12 would also be a good option but the sound signature is completely different from the first two. Probably best to listen to several different speakers yourself and make your own decicion.
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The Paradigm CC-690 and Aerial CC5 have in the past been highly regarded as some of the best centers. But as others have already said preference plays a big role. JTRs Triple 8 or Triple 12 would also be a good option but the sound signature is completely different from the first two. Probably best to listen to several different speakers yourself and make your own decicion.


I have heard great things about the Aerial CC5. I wonder how that would compare to a Paradigm C5?
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