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Old 11-29-2013, 03:35 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm in a 1 bed room apartment. living room size 14x22.

Sony Bravia HX800 55" 240Hz 3D LCD LED
Pioneer Elite SC-71 Receiver
PS3 Slim (with Blue Ray player 3D)
Comcast Cable (Panasonic HD-DVR)
Bowers & Wilkins 686B Book Shelf Speakers (Front L and R)
BIC America F-12 12" Subwoofer

I bought the receivers and speakers couple of months ago and set up is working fine. (you can see my earlier posts).
I'm not terribly missing the center channel speakers for my small living room and happy with running this set up with F.S. Surround setting in the receiver.
But, I've been on the look out for a reasonably priced center channel speaker from other brands since the B&W center channels speakers are very expensive.
Now. that the black friday deals are on, I thought of getting one now. My preferred price range is less than $250, but might stretch up to $300 for a good speaker.

1. What's the best center channel speaker that match the B&W 686s ?

2. What's the difference between 2-way or 3-way center channel speakers? Does it matter much in relation to the price difference?

3. A Magnolia representative recommended Energy CC-10 as the best match other than B&W. Is it so?

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-CC-10-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B001RPXWX4/ref=sr_1_2?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385767656&sr=1-2

4. I saw other best sellers in Amazon. Are these good match for my speakers?

Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B0018QROM2/ref=sr_1_2?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385766861&sr=1-2

Yamaha NS-C310BL 2-Way Bass-Reflex
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-NS-C310BL-Bass-Reflex-Center-Speaker/dp/B001PZ674C/ref=sr_1_3?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385766861&sr=1-3

Infinity Primus PC351 Three-way dual 5-1/4-Inch Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primus-PC351-Three-way-Center-Channel/dp/B0044D1788/ref=sr_1_6?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385766861&sr=1-6

Klipsch RC-52 II Center Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RC-52-II-Center-Speaker/dp/B0040QW7KQ/ref=sr_1_20?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385766861&sr=1-20

Mirage Os3-Cc Premium Omnipolar 3Way Center-Channel Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/Mirage-Premium-Omnipolar-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B001GI9EE8/ref=sr_1_5?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1385767927&sr=1-5


4. Is Klipsch line of products better than Energy line of products?

Thanks in advance. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Cheers
Zee

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bumping this thread since there are no replies :-)

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Best recommendation is B&W Htm62, same brand and type will make sound timbre match

My suggestion is you should saving more money, until you can afford it. I also doing this when bought my center speakers.

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You want the matching B&W center speaker. If possible get the one with more drive units, I had a B&W CC6 it's ok for the price but I think 4 driver speaker offers superior sound quality so I'd try out HTM61

http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/Spea...ies/HTM61.html

I have a couple of speakers similar to that, Celestion A4c is pretty much the same
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You want the matching B&W center speaker. If possible get the one with more drive units, I had a B&W CC6 it's ok for the price but I think 4 driver speaker offers superior sound quality so I'd try out HTM61

http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/Spea...ies/HTM61.html

I have a couple of speakers similar to that, Celestion A4c is pretty much the same
Thank you. I've been monitoring HTM61 for some time. Recently, there have been Open Box and Clearance sale of many BW speakers in BestBuy. Just when I was coming around to buying HTM 61, there is this HTM 61 S2 version. S2 will be more expensive since it is newer. Or will I be okay with the older version of HTM61 for now?

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You want the same revision as your L/R as v2- does the v2 have different treble driver/midrange/crossover? ie you wouldn't want B&W 601 s2 L/R with CC6 S1 or S3 as different drivers.

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