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What are the most realistic sounding center and/or mains for HT you have owned?

Mine are the AR.com DIY bookshelf speakers from Madisound.
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What are the most realistic sounding center and/or mains for HT you have owned?

Mine are the AR.com DIY bookshelf speakers from Madisound.


I 2nd the Def Techs.
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What are the most realistic sounding center and/or mains for HT you have owned?

Mine are the AR.com DIY bookshelf speakers from Madisound.



i second the def tech 7xxx series
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Def Techs here, also. (BP10b fronts, BP8b surrounds, no center, ProSub80.)
Whatever environment I see on the screen is where it sounds like I am.
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Von Schwiekert LCR 15's for both center and main. a little known fact is that LCR stands for left, center, right. Center channel speakers are a good choice because they have excellent clarity, usually have more bass than true bookshelves. and cost less and take up less space than floor standers.
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b&w htm1 is extremely impressive.

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Von Schweikert LCR 15 center and 4jr mains.

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What are the most realistic sounding center and/or mains for HT you have owned?

Mine are the AR.com DIY bookshelf speakers from Madisound.

The B&W 802Ds I currently own with two Revel Ultima Sub 30 subwoofers in stereo setup. I'm not using a center but I have heard the B&W HTM1D center that matches the 802Ds and it is phenomenal sounding. The B&W 802Ds did have a bump in the low end FR, but that is solved easily with the three parametric EQs in the Sub 30s

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I'll second the Magnepan MGCC1(or 3).

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Mackie HRS series active studio monitors.

10,000 audio engineers & musicians also seem to think so!
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If you don't mind spending MSRPs of $20K on the pair of front left and right speakers (B&W 800Ds - as opposed to the 802Ds in my system which are $8K less), $8K on the center channel (B&W HTM1D), and $9K on two subwoofers (two Revel Ultima Sub 30 Custom Installation Editions) for a grand total of $37K, or approximately $39.9K with tax, then I highly recommend this setup for the extra detail brought out by the different woofers, woofer drivers and woofer crossovers as opposed to the ones in the 802Ds. At those prices though, you should be able to get a nice discount off MSRP. I would hope somewhere around 20%...

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Probably not a popular choice but I absolutely loved my Klipsch RC-7. Imagine it and RF-7's in a 12x11 room, just insane overkill but as far as centers go, it delivered such wonderful, natural dialog. One of my tests for center channels is the bit near the end of Return Of The King where Gandalf is talking about what it's like to die and with the RC-7 it was like he was in the same room as you, I've gone through different systems more matched to my tiny viewing room but I still miss the clarity and realness of dialog, they don't sound bad per se, they just lack intimacy.

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Mackie HRS series active studio monitors.

10,000 audio engineers & musicians also seem to think so!

Yes...they use them for mixing, but you would rarely find them in their homes.

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Yes...they use them for mixing, but you would rarely find them in their homes.

I haven't heard the Mackie's, but out of curiousity. Why not?
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My 1975 JBL 4311 Control Room Monitors....My all time favorite speaker including all my newer stuff.

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I haven't heard the Mackie's, but out of curiousity. Why not?

The differences in environment and purpose.

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I enjoy my Klipsch KLF 30's(4) and C 7 center. Better than the cinema. Crisp and clean.
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Klipsch Quartet and Academy front stage....

Had a Def Tech BP20 and CLR1000 setup before. Didn't A/B them but the Klipsch sounds more life-like to me. The Def Tech sounded more 'produced' for lack of a better term to me.
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I'll second the Magnepan MGCC1(or 3).

Thirded (for the MGCC3).
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I haven't heard the Mackie's, but out of curiousity. Why not?

I've heard that some of the most popular speakers with audio engineers, are popular because they simulate the sound of the average speaker most people listen to music on, not because they are high quality speakers. This allows the engineer to mix their music so it sounds good on the type of speakers most people use and listen to their music on. I don't know if that applies to the Mackies, but perhaps that was what he had in mind.

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