So I've had the center hooked up for a few days now, I thought I'd post a few impressions. I'm decidedly not an audiophile, so bear with me
1) ordering process - Rick was as nice as could be. I exchanged roughly 25-30 emails over three weeks, talking about what in looking for etc. we settled on this combo. He kept md well updated during the three week build.
2) packaging - arrived well packaged. Double boxed and well "foamed". No scrstches
3) fit/finish - impeccable. I chose a standard cherry finish, and while not an exacted match (which Rick could have done for a bit more) it is a 98% match and no own can tell the center is a differrent build than the songtowers.
4) Sound - in a word: fantastic. First: it's, to my ears, a tonal/timbre match to the Songtowers. pans sound perfect. Second, it does improve upon the two areas I was looking for. Off-axis listening is noticeably better, as is dialogue clarity particularly at low to medium volumes. This latter point has been my "holy grail" for the past year, and I think each change I've made (SVS SCS to Aperion VGC to Boston Acoustics VS 325 to Songcenter to the Selah center) has made a definite improvement. In a way, the best way I can describe the Selah Center is that it sounds very similar to the Salk Songcenter it replaced, but just that extra bit more clearer. My wife, who is very anti-HT, even commemted on how movie dislogue was clearer. This is not a knock on the songcenter at all - I thought it was fantastic, and would have no qualms reccomending it to a friend. But, to me it was $400 well spent to make the change.
Again, these are my non-audiophile impressions, and I'm undoubtedly influenced by having spent money on this, but I'm extremely happy with the speaker. Rick sent me some plots during the testing phase, which I can post if anyone is interested.
Sorry for all the spelling errors - done on an iPhone.