Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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If his receiver was on 5.1 or whatever and not on stereo, then just pulling the wires on the center would not give a good ideas what the FL & FR sound like because only limited sound is being fed to them. However, if he switched over to stereo (2 ch) and they sounded like that then you have a blown tweeter or tow based on your description. Not overly uncommon with these speakers, but not too expensive to fix.
Assuming all speakers are ok though, I would say based on my looking on both audiogon and ebay over the years that the 40's should go for about $600 in great shape and the center for about $250-$275. $1,200 seems a bit high (IMHO)
Main System: Denon AVR-4300h, LG OLED65C7, Oppo UDP-203, PS3 and PS4pro, Sonos Connect, Nvidia Shield tv (2017), Ascend RAAL Towers, RAAL Horizon Center, Sierra 2's (surround), 2 Rythmik F15's
2 other systems: 1 Onkyo, 1 Denon, Paradigm Studio V1 and V2 speakers, Panasonic Plasmas, etc.