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setting a system

I've got the infinity primus 163 which I want to use as fronts, the jbl loft 20 center is on the way and so is the onkyo 626.
my q's are these:
Is this fronts&center will be compatible with the reciever?
and what should I use for sorrounds with my very limited budget? (primus or loft or..)
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What made you choose the loft 20 as a center? You're generally advised to have a center that matches your L/R speakers. A better center would be the Infinity pc251 or 351. For surrounds, another set of 163's would be ideal, but anything will work. And, yes, your Onkyo will work fine with all this. Another option would be to move the 163's to surround duty, and pick up a pair of 363's for fronts. Frye's has the 363's on sale for $107 each.

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What made you choose the loft 20 as a center? You're generally advised to have a center that matches your L/R speakers. A better center would be the Infinity pc251 or 351. For surrounds, another set of 163's would be ideal, but anything will work. And, yes, your Onkyo will work fine with all this. Another option would be to move the 163's to surround duty, and pick up a pair of 363's for fronts. Frye's has the 363's on sale for $107 each.
mostly the price, the primus centers are quite expensive. could it be too different sound? will the primus 143 will do fine as surrounds?
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The general thought is that the 3 front speakers should either be identical, or from the same line. It's called timbre matching. As a sound pans across the front soundstage, you want it to sound uniform. A center from a different mfgr. may, or may not, sound good. If the loft 20 doesn't mesh with the 163's then you can either get a matching center, or run a phantom center. I'd rather run a phantom then have a poorly matching center. Your surrounds are less crucial when it comes to matching as they really don't carry that much content. The Primus 143 will be good for surrounds.
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