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Originally Posted by av_amateur
I recently purchased a KEF Q100 pair for LR($300), Have Denon AVR X1300W($250), JBL 550P subwoofer($189) and Pioneer AJ BS22 pair($60) for surrounds. Looking to plug the center hole in my 5.1 setup. Budget was $1000, have spent $800 so far on everything else. So left with $150 - $200 (can stretch it a bit if needed).
I would have preferred to get another Q100 or Q300 as center but I can't justify buying a pair. Couldn't find a single Q100/Q300 in Craigslist/classifieds here. Any suggestions on what alternate options are good? Read that bookshelves are better than MTM centers if you have the space. So leaning towards bookshelves if I can get a single speaker that doesn't cause any obvious tonal match issues.
Buying a pair of Q100's is more cost effective than the dedicated center. Having 3 identical speaker up front is most ideal. You can use the other Q100 as a back surround in a 6.1 setup or a 2nd zone speaker. As an alternative, you can look at the Q acoustics 3090c but the detail and clarity won't be as good as the Q100's. I can speak from experience since I tried 3 different centers before biting the bullet and spending the money on the Q200c. It may be pricey but does it's job well and couldn't be happier.
Kef Q100 FL/FR,SL/SR, Kef Q200C, Bic F12 sub, Denon AVR-S710W, , Panasonic 50" Plasma, cable box, Xbox One, Toshiba laptop.
Bedroom: JBL Loft 50 FL/FR , Loft 20 center, JBLSP 150 sub, Pioneer VSX-830K, PS3, 32" Insigna LED.