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Old 05-17-2013, 07:36 AM - Thread Starter
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Good morning all,
I am a bit of a speaker novice and I need some help selecting a center channel for my 5.1 surround setup. I have a bit of a cobbled together system which consists of the following. A Mirage sub model PS-12-90 and four JBL Control 25T speakers that have been switched over to 8ohm use and the transformers removed. The receiver I have is a Harmon Kardon AVR1700.

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I don't know much on how to figure out how to decide on a center channel speaker but I would be interested in some tips to figure it out for myself. Or if anyone could provide a suggestions for a speaker that would be in the $80-100 range that would be great. I am pretty broke at the moment (and for the near future) so changing out the gear I have already is not much of a option for me. Not that cheaper is better but I would like to know what I would need to save up for if it is much more than $100.
Thanks for any help you guys can provide!
Have a great Friday.

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the only center people should be recoomending is the matching center for the JBL25T control speaker...

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I'd put one of the JBL Control 25Ts to work as a CC speaker - which would give you a timbre-matched front soundstage - and spend ~$100 on a new pair of surrounds.

-- Edit --
Amazon.com has JBL ES20 bookshelf speakers on sale for $130, shipped. They could be a viable option for surround use.
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I'd put one of the JBL Control 25Ts to work as a CC speaker - which would give you a timbre-matched front soundstage - and spend ~$100 on a new pair of surrounds.

-- Edit --
Amazon.com has JBL ES20 bookshelf speakers on sale for $130, shipped. They could be a viable option for surround use.

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If you absolutely need to run a center, then using one of your 25T's like everyone mentioned is your best option. Frankly, I'd hold off on the center and save up until you can get some new front speakers. Those 25T's are pretty limited speakers and ultimately you'd be better served relegating them to surrounds and get new fronts.
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I'd put one of the JBL Control 25Ts to work as a CC speaker - which would give you a timbre-matched front soundstage - and spend ~$100 on a new pair of surrounds.

-- Edit --
Amazon.com has JBL ES20 bookshelf speakers on sale for $130, shipped. They could be a viable option for surround use.

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Old 05-20-2013, 11:36 AM - Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your help. The speakers that were suggested seemed great for the cost. Unfortunately the added cost and the need for me to buy a mounting setup to get them up higher (small kids) Puts it out of my price range. I will for the time try and find a single Control 25 speaker for my setup and use that till I can afford a better left, right, and center option. Thanks again!

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