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Old 11-29-2012, 10:02 AM - Thread Starter
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I currently have B&W 685s as front speakers powered by a Denon AVR 1611.

I'm looking to add a center channel either HTM61 or 62, and my plan was to get 686s for rears since I'm still in an apartment and didn't want towers to blow the place down. The 685s with no sub have been plenty loud for me, so that was why I thought I'd hold off on the towers for now.

1) After reading reviews for the 686s, now I'm unsure if it would make a good system with 685 as fronts and 686 as rears... Should I just go for the 684 towers?

2) Reviews for the center are also saying the smaller one is better

3) Any sub suggestions? I've heard the B&W subs over priced and that I don't need to match brands for the subs.



Any advice on this possible set up would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Also an option would be no subwoofer... has any one tried the 5.0 setup?
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The 686s should be fine for surrounds. Another 685 would be the best option for your center. Unfortunately, 685s (as you know) only come in pairs so buying another set might not be a viable option for you. If this doesn't work I'd probably go with the HTM61 (despite the relatively narrow "sweet spot"). For HT, a subwoofer will provide you with the best listening experience. I would recommend something from HSU Research, SVS, or Rhythmik. The B&W subs are decent but they're quite expensive for what you get, hence the internet direct recommendations.

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I have three 685s in one system and a good choice. I have also heard the CMC2 recommended, although quite a bit more money.

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