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post #1 of 20 Old 05-20-2015, 06:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Recommend A Good Center Speaker?

...up to $300.

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-20-2015, 06:42 PM
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Ok ill go first. What other speakers do u have now?
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None. Just this Yamaha 575 watt 5.1 receiver.
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Best is to use the same speaker for all three "stage" speakers (left, center, right). That way you get a consistent soundstage and tonal balance.

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^ in response to Nyal: ideally yes, but if you do not have a screen that acoustically transparent and you have to put your speaker on side (to be below the screen) then you would get worst for people not sitting right in the middle.

Also most of the center channel usage is in movie where all the dialog routed to center so if you have a limited budget I would choose a speaker that is excellent for dialog instead of a full range one. And if you have one those AVR that can do room correction it can help fix some difference between speakers.
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...up to $300.
Here you go, 90% complete - all you have to do is put it together
Zaph Audio ZA5.3c - and on sale
https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...-with-cabinet/

This would be the speakers for the L/R channels - Zaph ZA5.3
https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...with-cabinets/

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Here you go, 90% complete - all you have to do is put it together
Zaph Audio ZA5.3c - and on sale

This would be the speakers for the L/R channels - Zaph ZA5.3
Interesting. Thanks for the recommendations!
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For that price you will be making sacrifices in quality from any manufacturer. $300 is the minimum price for a budget centre speaker really.

If your whole speaker system will be of a similar quality I suggest getting a speaker pack...you get more for your money and it will ensure they match in tone etc as well as being similarly capable.

I'm sure you could get a JBL or a yamaha 5.1 speaker pack for $1000-1500 which would fit with your allocation of $300 for the centre.

As for DIY speakers it is a lot of trouble...more than DIY people will try to tell you. Don't go down that road unless you want no guarantee of quality or results...and unless you have a lot of free time to spend on it...and to accept the risk that you might do it wrong and end up with a pile of scrap materials.

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For $300 budget buy second hand. Not new.

I bought this for £130 (probably about $200) New it was £700/$1000
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As pointed out, for home theater, you really want your front stage to match! You should have the same brand and type of tweeter in all three front speakers. To ensure that, you should get all three speakers from the same brand/model, or listen to many to get a tonal match. While three identical speakers is best, you can get a horizontal center and still have a timbre match, however, be advised that horizontal designs have potential some audio issues...

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HSU HC-1 MK2, currently on sale for $219 + $30 shipping.


Add a pair of matching HB-1 MK2 bookshelf speakers for (current sale price of) $139 + $25 shipping per speaker.
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HSU HC-1 MK2, currently on sale for $219 + $30 shipping.


Add a pair of matching HB-1 MK2 bookshelf speakers for (current sale price of) $139 + $25 shipping per speaker.
From looking at that page it looks like an awesome choice.
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Interesting. Thanks for the recommendations!
I would keep the Zaph Audio on a short list - he is well known and respected.
And, it would be simple to put together.

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As pointed out, for home theater, you really want your front stage to match! You should have the same brand and type of tweeter in all three front speakers. To ensure that, you should get all three speakers from the same brand/model, or listen to many to get a tonal match. While three identical speakers is best, you can get a horizontal center and still have a timbre match, however, be advised that horizontal designs have potential some audio issues...
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HSU HC-1 MK2[/URL], currently on sale for $219 + $30 shipping.


Add a pair of matchingbookshelf speakers for (current sale price of) $139 + $25 shipping per speaker.
Thanks. I missed this my first time through.
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Here you go, 90% complete - all you have to do is put it together
Zaph Audio ZA5.3c - and on sale
https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...-with-cabinet/

This would be the speakers for the L/R channels - Zaph ZA5.3
https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...with-cabinets/
It seems that center is 8 inches tall. That seems kinda big; are most centers that tall? I might have trouble finding a place.
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It seems that center is 8 inches tall. That seems kinda big; are most centers that tall? I might have trouble finding a place.
Not unusual for good speakers, bigger drivers = lower -3dB frequency thus you can cross your sub lower = less chance of being able to locate your sub with your ears.

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It seems that center is 8 inches tall. That seems kinda big; are most centers that tall? I might have trouble finding a place.
Some centers are even bigger - a nice size box does help with bass response.

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Did you ever consider something like the Cambridge Audio Minx systems? They produce a big soundstage, but are diminutive in size, such that a center speaker would not obtrude at all.
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