I was looking for KEF iQ30 or iQ70 as my L/R speakers. The matching center channel speaker is supposed to be iQ60C, but that is a bit difficult to get. The only two places I could get in over the net was Amazon marketplace (seller: Premier Audio Video) & eBay (seller: priority*audio*video), looking at the price and location my guess was that it is the same seller. However, not being one of the KEF recognized dealers I beleive KEF would not honor the factory (5-yr) warranty. This leaves me with a couple of options and would want to know from you gurus, what seems the best bet.Option#1:
Buy it from one of these sellers and forget about warrantyOption#2:
Buy a different center channel from one of the other leading brands [if this is your suggestion, please suggest some alternative brands / models within $300-$400 range]Option#3:
Use one iQ30 as the center channel. If the L/R is iQ30 only this would give you the best timbre match - if the L/R is iQ70, still it would be a good enough match because both of them share the same UniQ set-upOption#4:
Problem with #3 is that iQ30s are available only in pairs, which leaves one iQ30 to be wasted or redundant. Alternate option is to go for 6.1 set up with this 2nd one of the pair as the rear speaker. However, the receiver that I am planning to buy (Marantz SR5007) is a 7.2 receiver and I am not sure if I could stright away connect a 6.1 channel out of it. Sometime back I had seen an interesting set-up on the HSU site on their VT-12 Ventriloquist system [how 6.1 system could be set-up from a 5.1 receiver]
I do not know if this setup works only for this specific sats [HSU VT-12] or will it be a generic system, which should work fine with any speaker like iQ30 for example [ref: attached diagram screen painted and copy-pasted from HSU website: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vt-12.pdf
I am feeling very awkward to put forward my thought ... especially option#4 , because I am going through this forum for the last 4-5 months and I did not see any post in the same lines. If you feel it is a ridiculous thought I sincerely apologize.
Please suggest me which option I should go with.