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post #1 of 7 Old 10-19-2012, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys. I'm thinking of ordering two MacIntosh XR200's as my main front and right and both will be powered with 600watt mono blocks, one a piece obviously. The center speaker, McIntosh XCS200, an take up to 600watts, but my local Magnolia guy has said powering it at 200 watts max with the seven channel amp will be just fine.

Here's my question: Is it worth it to invest in a third MC601 (another 600 monoblock amp) to power just the center channel, or will it work fine with 200 watts?

Also, any feedback regarding these speakers would be greatly appreciated!

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Mostly I'd think you're a victim of a sales pitch in any case. Your center actually, for movies/tv at least, requires more than your L/R channels and should be approached accordingly. I power my center with more than my L/R just because I can (I had two two channel amps, run the center channel with one of them bridged). I'm not going to look up the specs on your speakers, you should provide them...if you even understand them. Watts are not so meaningful just throwing numbers out...just indicative of someone susceptible to a sales pitch....

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Wow. Thanks for making a new member feel welcome. Ass.
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Let's keep it clean guys....just a question....how sensitive are your speakers?

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Disregarding the tone, the center channel does receive 60-80% of the sound in most movies. So it is more important that it be sufficiently powered than your left, right or rear surrounds.

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The McIntosh XCS200 has a sensitivity of 86 dB. That's on the low side for sensitivity. Depending on the size of the space, the listening distance and the SPL requirements, you might need the full 600 watts. Here is an SPL calculator to help you figure it out: http://myhometheater.homestead.com/splcalculator.html

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Well, there are better McIntosh Centric forums, but I would recommend the MC303 for your XR200 and XCS200 set-up. Then you could always add another if you wanted to Bi-amp. but we are talking $$$$$$$$$$$

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