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Hello every one. Up until now I have been using my Sony STRDH520 with a 5.0 setup using the crappy speakers that came with my last HTiB (kenwood). Last week I ordered a pair of sony ss-b3000 speakers to use as my front left and right channels. I also ordered a pair of Dayton B652 to use as my back left and right.

The speakers have made a great improvement in the quality and depth of the sound so far. I am wondering what every ones opinions are on the following options for my center channel (still using the crapy center from the HTiB).

  1. Purchase another pair of Dayton B652's and use one as the center channel ($30)
  2. Purchase a Dayton Audio CCS-33B ($50)
  3. Purchase a Sony SS-CN5000 ($70)

The other thing I would like to get is an opinion on if I should even bother with a sub or not. I still have the un-powered sub that came from the HTiB that I could easily modify to be powered for around $35.

My room is 12 foot wide by 9 foot deep.

Looking forward to hearing what every one thinks. Oh and I'm trying to stick to a smaller budget but so far I have only spent $130 so even if I get the sony center and add the amp to the sub I'm only going to be looking at another $105.
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Ideally, your center channel speaker should match the front left and right speakers. Otherwise, for example, when people go from one side of the audio field across the center to the other side, their voices will change.

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The small sub that came with your HTIB really can't go very low. As a result, you're missing a lot of the sound. If you decide to get an amp for your current subwoofer, you should plan to start saving your money for a bigger one.

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Make sense. I also forgot to mention that the front left and right speakers are going to be about a foot to the side of the center speaker.

Any recommendations on a better budget sub? I do have an Image Dynamics 10" subwoofer sitting over at my moms house. Originally got it for in my car. It just never made it there.
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Give us a number and we'll be sure to bust your budget. The cheapest good thing I can think of right now is 5 of the smallest Infinity bookshelves and a small Onkyo receiver. That will probably cost you a little over $500.
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Keep in mind I'm just looking to replace my center speaker right now and wondering if a sub is going to make a difference in the setup. The sony speakers and the dayton speakers really are an amazing value for me as I'm not an audiophile.

The main reason I got the new speakers that I have gotten so far was that the old ones didn't fill the room well, there was no base or mids to them at all.
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Small speakers simply can't generate the lower frequencies. The larger the driver is, the lower it can go.

Sorry: I personally can't recommend any particular inexpensive speaker system. It's been too long since I investigated and listened to such things, and at that time there was no such thing as surround sound, anyhow. smile.gif Klipsch has a good reputation, though.

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Giving the size of your current speakers I would definitely and strongly recommend getting a sub. Even if those Sony speakers are rated down to 50hz, they may be producing a lot of distortion with their size limitations. A sub would allow all of your speakers to operate a lot cleaner and add more definition and range to the lower frequencies.
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How do you feel about modifying my existing sub with an amp? Also do you think the sub right now is more important than the center channel?
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Well my boss just gave me his surround sound speakers so I now have a Sony SS-CN5000 to use as my center channel.
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Just wanted to hop back on and let every one know how much of a difference the new sony center channel has made.

Before I would have to turn it up a good bit to any noticeable mids out of the system but now I get a nice even blend across all the speakers at any volume level. In short its definitely a worth while upgrade to any system thats using a smaller center channel speaker.

As for the sub thats going to be my next experiment.
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It's great that you've improved your sound so much. A sub will help, too, of course. Have fun!

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