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Old 09-05-2012, 07:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I just recently got a great deal on a huge entertainment center that has a cubby hole for a center speaker(well, some electronic but it works perfect for the center channel) and while looking to upgrade I realized I am having a hard time finding a good speaker set with a small enough center channel.

I have the Jamo 406 hcs1 something or other lol and the center is small. It was a great buy for a 5.0 set at 199 at frys a few years back but i'm ready to upgrade now. I have a yamaha 367v which i know is low end, but it does 3-D pass through and when i got it it was great for what I had. I've always read better speakers do more then a better reciever. So i opted for a HtiB setup with a real reciever looking to upgrade one day. My room is about 13x14 with about a 10ft vaulted cieling and one whole side is open.

I am looking for a bookshelf system(towers are too much for my room i think plus cost more) that is great but here is the problem. The hole for the speaker on the new entertainment center is only 6" x 23" . width is fine, but the hight i'm finding is really closing up my options of better systems. I started venturing out to all the brands i've read up on like Axiom, Aperion, HTD, and all of them have too big of center channels ......well for my setup frown.gif

Does anybody have any idea what would be a good trade off. I ahve looked at Def Techs 1000s , polk, klipsch mainly but I need advice from people who have listened and know what they are talking about lol.
I like Polk and Klipsch.

thanks

Price isnt as much of an issue only because i'll buy in pieces and used if need be. I guess it should be under 1500 or so but i'll take any advice at the moment.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:29 PM
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So are you looking for 5.0 again, or 5.1? When you say "one whole side open", what does that mean? Is this just a 3 sided area of an open floor plan design?

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How about NHT Classic Twos and the Absolute Center Channel for the front, then Absolute Zeros for the rear (or the Absolute Wall). If you take the rails off the center, their measurements say it would be only 5.25" in height.

Then add a good sub later.

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How about NHT Classic Twos and the Absolute Center Channel for the front, then Absolute Zeros for the rear (or the Absolute Wall).

Have you heard the NHT's Charlie? If so, what did you think of them? I just bought the Absolute Zeros and the Center for my system. Should be here tomorrow.

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I heard the Classic Twos about five years ago and liked them, and my brother owned their floorstanding speakers about a dozen years or so ago (I forget what model they were). And my first sub was an NHT SW2. I've always thought NHT makes good stuff smile.gif

However, the important question to ask right now is did you order one of their subs? tongue.gif

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The Cambridge Audio S50 Center speaker is an excellent center speaker, and is only 17" W x 4.6" H x 9" D. That should work perfectly.

Add a set of Cambridge S30 speakers and a subwoofer, and you will have some very nice sound, for around $400 plus the cost of the sub.

You can add the S20 speakers later for the rear, if that is on the agenda.
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However, the important question to ask right now is did you order one of their subs? tongue.gif

Thought about it, but common sense got the better of me. After all, one more sub means my room isn't big enough for a picture any longer. biggrin.gif

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At this point I'm not certain if I collect them or they collect me!

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Thought about it, but common sense got the better of me. After all, one more sub means my room isn't big enough for a picture any longer. biggrin.gif

Now be truthful. Sure the wife didn't tell you no more subs? I mean, you got enough to put subs in every room in the house, even the bathroom, right? (hehe)

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Now be truthful. Sure the wife didn't tell you no more subs? I mean, you got enough to put subs in every room in the house, even the bathroom, right? (hehe)

I do indeed have enough subs to put them in every room. What I don't have to worry about is the wife though; I only have an ex-wife, so I can assure you her opinion is no longer relevant. wink.gif

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I agree with the NHT rec, I would try to swing absolute towers up front though

http://www.nhthifi.com/Absolute-Tower-Speaker?sc=12&category=3773
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I only have an ex-wife, so I can assure you her opinion is no longer relevant. wink.gif

Me too. That's why there's an extra sub hanging out in the dining room area of my house. LOL

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Sorry for the late response, and thank you all for your recommendations.

I do need a sub as well because I am using a little 8" yamaha that came wit the HtiB set i got a few years back. I dont need a big sub, but i want a higher quality one.

the rooms is 13x14 with about 9-10ft vaulted ceiling. The opposite 14ft wall is open into the normal 8ft ceiling kitchen and dining area. Its one open floor plan.



that was easier to make then i thought.
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The right front speaker will sound really bad with that placement... Is their a huge entertainment center where the TV is at? Is there any where to put monitors that wouldn't have one stuffed in a corner?
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To me it's huge. lol compared to the last one especially. The shelfs are non movable and are only 12" high. so my Bookshelf options are also limited.



Ignore the pictures lol. that's an old school CRT 30" HDTV. Thats the next upgrade along with the speakers.
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