Originally Posted by efdrums
Okay so ibe recently purchased the 685s2's, asw61, m1 (rears).... I'm torn on the center though... HTM61 is way to big, the HTM62 is just okay... I've been considering the CMCCGB which is the previous gen CM series center 5'.... So clear... Do you guys think it would be so bad to have something that's not in the same series?
I saw nobody had responded to this, so I figured I'd take a crack at it.
I have read quite a bit about people buying the CM Series Centers with 600 S1 Series speakers. The 600 S1 series center had some bad reviews and some said didn't match well enough for the price, and for theater buffs that love their movies, the center channel does MUCH of the work.
With the less than stellar reviews for 600 S1 centers, some would buy another 685 as a center (used sometimes or with a buddy since they came in pairs) and said that was a great option. Others would buy the CM Series center. All of these cases I read about seemed pleased with their decision.
I would venture to say getting a CM Center with the 685 S2 speakers would work well, they have a similar tweeter. However, there is now a CM Center S2 with the same Decoupled Double Dome aluminum tweeter as the 600 S2 series speakers. I'd get that - it's $50 more. Generally, B&W speakers are voiced similarly, I would expect them to match well.
Any other opinions out there for this new poster?
I assume when you said the HTM62 S2 is just okay - you were talking about the clarity. For the 685s the HTM61 would probably be oversized. Sounds like you are a theater buff in which case I'd think that if you are okay with 682 S2 for sides, you'd love the CM Center S2 as the hardest working speaker in the theater room, and I would think it a better size match for the 685 S2s speakers.