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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.
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I auditioned Revel Ultima Studio2s brand new out of the box and the bass definitely increased over the first three hours. My 205/2s were run in by the dealer for a couple days so I did not detect any break in. Funny thing is Revel says there is no break in. I also noticed break in on my XQ40s (opening up) and surprisingly more so on my previous XQ50c.
I heard some Spendor D9s right out of the box and WOW were they bright. After about 48 hours of some pretty loud Lorde Royals on loop they started to settle down a little bit. This was at an audio show where I heard them the first day, and also the last. The gentleman running the room said he had them playing all night, every night trying to get them to settle down and by Sunday they were better, but I doubt fully run-in. Break-in seems to be real. I doubt you'd notice it on surrounds. Probably unlikely on a center too. I can't say I've noticed a huge difference in vocals. It's always the highs and the lows where I hear changes.
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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.
Kef Uni-Q centers are quite good. Being a 3-way it does not have the off center issues a MTM has.

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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.
I had been debating the Q200c vs a Q100 as a center to my Q100 mains. I finally decided to try the Q100 when the price recently dropped again and I'm glad I did. Though I'm sure the Q200c would be outstanding for me, the two Q100s were $200+ cheaper then the Q200c and the improvement of the Q100 over my prior non-KEF center was stunning. I've read a lot on this forum of the benefits of three identical speakers for the LCR and now I've experienced it myself. The sound and dispersion is outstanding for my needs and I've not even had a chance yet to recalibrate my system since swapping out the center.

I heartily recommend trying a Q100 for the center and using the "extra" speaker for the back in a 6.1 setup, using it in another room, or even just keeping it on-hand for a spare should you ever have an issue with one of the LCR three.
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Not many receivers or AV processors can deliver 6.1 anymore and it's not popular. I don't know of any movies recorded and formatted for it either.

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I'm definitely interested in getting a Q100. I just need to find someone interested in splitting the pair with me. Have left an ad on the classifieds page. Hopefully someone will be interested in selling their extra Q100! thanks for your inputs.
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Not many receivers or AV processors can deliver 6.1 anymore and it's not popular. I don't know of any movies recorded and formatted for it either.
I agree, however he can set it up as 7.1 and just have one surround. This will make it easier to justify buying the pair since he'd be able to use both speakers in his setup. Maybe he'd be perfectly happy with a different center. I can't speak for others but for me different lower cost centers could not compete with the Q's.
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