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Hello everyone, if I were to give you 2 grand and you had to buy a center channel and a pair of matching monitors what would you buy?
Thanks for any suggestions!
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I would want to know whether you mean to use them with or without a subwoofer.

If not, then I would get the Monitor Audio Silver RX2 speakers, which have an 8-inch driver and go down to 40 Hz, and the matching Silver Rx Center Those will run you about $1700 or so.

If you were going to use a sub with them, then I would Recommend the PSB Imagine B and the matching PSB Imagine C center speaker. those will run almost $2000.
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Yeah I've got a DIY 15" sub I just built so the low end is covered.
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You could get a pretty impressive set if you stick with DIY

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Building a sub is about as far as I wanna go in the DIY arena, but thanks for the suggestions!
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So a 3.1 with book shelves not towers?
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fwiw, dynaudio dm 2/7's and the dm center approx.$1700

i'm so laid back,i'm laid out
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So a 3.1 with book shelves not towers?

No I have a 5.1 setup right now. Upgrading my front stage is my next step though.
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I should probably mention that my receiver is a Pioneer Elite SC-25. So I believe most 4 ohm speakers are out the question.

I was looking at a Klipsch RC-64 II center and RB-81 II bookshelves.

And also KEF R series. The R200 center with R300 bookshelves.

Any thoughts on these?
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Yeah that is a damn good deal. However it seems to focus more on the towers as the centerpiece of the set than the center channel.

That is the opposite of what I am looking to do. I hardly ever listen to music. Movies are %95+ of my listening. I am looking to use the center channel as my standout speaker in my front stage with equally matching and complimenting bookshelves.
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Do they have to be Bookshelves? Because something like the paradigms, they are extremely small for what they put out, honestly probably have a smaller footprint than some higher end bookshelves with a nice stand

anyways heres my input: (copy and pasted because i clicked new thread instead of reply the first time and realized you said monitors)

Sounds like you're in the same boat as me.. Trying to keep my budget in the 2000 dollar range as well.

I have listend to quite a few speakers, as much as I coudl around here, out of speakers I could listen to in a 3.0 configuration with Movies etc

The B&W 683's with the HTM61 Center (thought i really dident get to hear the HTM61 center in a proper way)
The Paradigm Montior 7s/9's with the Center 3 and Center 1

I am also really interested in Aperion Verus Forte speakers now as well, they look great, have a gorgeous 3 way center and a 30 day trial, figure MAYBE worth a shot, might buy them, bring them to the local audio shop and put them up against the Paradigm as thats what I'm leaning more towards myself.


I personally loved the Paradigms More for the movies, The Dark Knight sounded amazing. I have seen the opening scene to the dark knight more times than I can count at this point, I know exactly how that sounds on my system, how it looks on my system so i always use that as a benchmark for what I think is better or worse than what I already have.

The Paradigm 3 way center's are amazing, I am pretty much hooked on HAVING TO HAVE a 3 way center after hearing that and even the HTM61. The Dialogue was crisp, different tonalities in different voices were much more distinct and not as blended. I always hated a couple parts of the opening scene, I always felt like the tone/loudness etc of how each actors voice wwas recorded was off or much different. For example the "crew" always sounds somewhat normal, muffled behind a mask a bit. While The jokers and even the bankers voice almost seem louder, a lot more bass, but like it was recorded with a different mic or something and the change in this always drove me nuts (may not have explained it right, but maybe you nkow waht I mean) With the 3 way center, their voices seemed much clear and blended much better with the overall atmosphere of what was going on, where before it just felt like a voiceover was slapped in there to me.

All of the sound was extremely detailed, while the Monthir 7 and 9's don't throw out a ton of bass, chances are if you're using this for movies you're going to end up getting a sub.

I personally would get the Center 3 over the Center 1 if you could, just pack a little more punch, but they both sound sonicly the same to me aside from the 3 having a bit more punch with the bigger driver.

My local dealer would do the Monitor 7's and the center 3 for around 1300, im waiting for him to get the monitor 11's in, if I like them as much as the 7's Im going to pick them up, gonna cost me 2000 plus tax if I pick them up.

If I had to choose between just the monitor 7's and the monitor 9's I'd get the 7's. Their mids just seem much clearer and more distinguished than the 9's, and im waiting to see if the Monitor 11 being a 3 way keeps that great mid but also packs a bit of a punch...

I am also thinking of ordering the Aperions and trying them first though.. I hear good things.

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I should probably mention that my receiver is a Pioneer Elite SC-25. So I believe most 4 ohm speakers are out the question.

I was looking at a Klipsch RC-64 II center and RB-81 II bookshelves.

And also KEF R series. The R200 center with R300 bookshelves.

Any thoughts on these?

I would choose the kef over the klipsch but both are good options. accessories4less carries a lot of kef speakers. I think most are refurbs,
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I would choose the kef over the klipsch but both are good options. accessories4less carries a lot of kef speakers. I think most are refurbs,

I would also take KEF over Klipsch, I just don't care for the horn tweeters they use at all. They have amazing clarity but the way they sit recessed it just sounds like you're listening to sound resonating off plastic, it sounds cheap.

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http://www.avsforum.com/t/1420623/kef-q900-recommended-amplifier

This link just really bummed me out. It appears the KEF Q900 is rated at 8ohm but all the tests show it more to be a 4 ohm speaker.

Probably not good for my Pioneer Elite SC-25 which is not recommended to drive 4 ohm speakers.
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