|Originally posted by Sorny
As far as *best* center speaker: well *whatever matches your fronts*.
I'm going to have to strongly dissagree with this statement. While I certainly believe LCR timbre matching is important, if you focus is on reproduction of movie soundtracks or even multi-channel music, I would argue that the quality of your center should be the start of your loudspeaker search, not the end. I would flip the above statement around such that your best choice for mains are those which best match your favorite center channel.
I wrote a rather lengthy response (go figure:rolleyes: ) a month or so ago about selecting home theater speakers which covered the topic in great detail.
In my personal, not so humble oppinion, some center channels I have heard and find of very good quality in no particular order:
NHT M5/M6, Aerial CC3, CC5(significantly better than CC3), Revel Voice, Triad Platinum LCR, some of the PMC's, most of the 3 way Genelecs, and of course our own newer speaker the runt. ;)
Personally, there are few 2 way center channels which satisfy my expectations. I am curious about some of the new speakers Paradigm is offering, and Triad displayed one or two newer speakers which perked my interest.
I would caution that there are many rather average center channels out there. A good center and matched L/R with appropriate power can be quite a revelation.