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I have a complete Paradigm system. Monitor 7`s ,Center 3 ,Subs 10 & Mini Monitors. Last night a neighbor brought over his Klipsch RC-62 II Center. We took out the Center 3 & put it in & ran Audyessy. It really sounded good to both of us. Actually it sounded better than the Center3.
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Evidently it did. wink.gif

No-one ever said that a CC speaker from one manufacturer couldn't sound good with a pair of mains from a different manufacturer. It's just less likely that such a combination will result in good timbre-matching across the front soundstage, which is why mixing-and-matching is not a recommended approach.

But, hey, if it works, it works... smile.gif


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The biggest difference we heard was dialogue seemed clearer. Of course we are both old coots whose hearing wasn't what it used to be.
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Clearer dialogue is a good thing. It's one of the reasons I love my Paradigm CC-690. cool.gif


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On a couple of occasions, when people were having problems with unclear dialogue, I recommended the Cambridge S50 center speaker.

It seems to work extremely well with a wide variety of front speakers.
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The Paradigm CC-690 would not fit size wise in my setup or I would consider it. I see Crutchfield has the Cambridge. I will do some checking on it.
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The biggest difference we heard was dialogue seemed clearer. Of course we are both old coots whose hearing wasn't what it used to be.

There is a mantra here...there is no right and wrong..."if sounds good to you then it is good." For most people having mix and matched front sound stage would sound bad. If it sounds good to you...go for it! Klipsch may be an excellent choice for you as it tends to be, in polite terms, bright. So may be good to you.
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Of course we are both old coots whose hearing wasn't what it used to be.

This is probably the best explanation. The Klipsch with their brighter, more dynamic sound is just easier for you to hear, even though it may not be producing a good timbre match across the front soundstage. smile.gif

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That makes sense to me. The Dialogue sounds better to me with Klipsch. When I listen to his setup at his place the Music background in movies sounds better with my Paradigm`s.
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You "should" be able to adjust your center with equalizer settings to give it a similar tone to a Klipsch via the AVR menu...depending on your model etc. May be the best of both worlds for you.

Basically you would want to increase the volume of the center probably +5 db and then increase the upper end via an equalizer setting.
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It is said that horns are best for HT. I think that you just heard if for yourself.

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It is said that horns are best for HT. I think that you just heard if for yourself.

Well..you made me laugh. It is said that Horns are effiecent ..so can be played loud. Now if you read Klipsch marketing materials of course they may say that and Klipsch is used in MANY theaters (most widely used) but that is mostly because they can be driven easily to quite loud volumes which is required for a movie theater.

Just pointing out... I have NEVER seen it said by people that know...that horns are best for Home Theater. Horns are generally characterized as "bright, dynamic and are effiecent so easy to drive loud" ...that does not necessarily equate to best for Home Theater though.
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Well..you made me laugh. It is said that Horns are effiecent ..so can be played loud. Now if you read Klipsch marketing materials of course they may say that and Klipsch is used in MANY theaters (most widely used) but that is mostly because they can be driven easily to quite loud volumes which is required for a movie theater.

Just pointing out... I have NEVER seen it said by people that know...that horns are best for Home Theater. Horns are generally characterized as "bright, dynamic and are effiecent so easy to drive loud" ...that does not necessarily equate to best for Home Theater though.
I did not say it, I am repeating what I have heard, certainly not my thought. Paint it anyway you want, most of the home theater guys will say that horns are better for home theater. It is only an opinion just like anyone else's.. Chase SHO 10's and the Klpsch Reference series are two mentioned that are good speakers for HT.
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You "should" be able to adjust your center with equalizer settings to give it a similar tone to a Klipsch via the AVR menu...depending on your model etc. May be the best of both worlds for you.

Basically you would want to increase the volume of the center probably +5 db and then increase the upper end via an equalizer setting.

I have a Onkyo 3009. I have increased the volume 4db higher that what Audyssy set it at & it helped. Where would be the best to start with the equalizer?
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I think the 3009 allows you to adjust per speaker vs global. If you go to recievers forum and explain your problem ...I am sure someone who knows your reciever can help you! Best of all it would be free.
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I can adjust each speaker individually but I have to turn off Audyssey. Thanks for trying to help.
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