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post #24031 of 24039 Old 08-25-2016, 02:27 PM
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Seems the easy way to match is to match. I believe the front 3 can be different from the rears. They should be of same style. To me the rears are just fillers to encompass the sound around you. The rears hardly get the same voice from front to back as it does go from left to right or vice versa.

And if you go with atoms, they can be different, and still any sub.

Listen to Martin Logan Motion 20 also, if you can.
Thanks. I figured match brands would be best, but it's been awhile and technology has changed since my 10+ year setup, so I had to ask. I'm in the process of updating some components and exploring all options.

Panasonic Plasma (65") l Denon 3805 l Behringer A500s (Fronts/Center channels) l Behringer FBQ3102 l Polk RTi10s l Polk CSI-5 l Polk FXi-30s (side and rear) l Polk PSW505 l Denon DCM-280 l Oppo BD-93 l Denon Turntable/Cassette Deck
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I tried the CM Centre S2 and am switching to the CM2 version.
Thanks for the pm. I don't have enough posts to pm you back. PM me the location of the store you returned to and I will call them to see what they might be able to work out. Thanks.
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Hey there - I have a pair of B&W V201's in a family room (17x16, with vaulted ceiling) running on a Denon AVR 391 receiver. They've been on the floor, not on any sort of stands so I'm sure we're not getting the full expression of them but it's been that way since we moved. It's a psuedo-home theater setup, as we don't often sit and watch movies but rather tend to have the TV or music on in the background while doing other things in the house. As much as my wife complains, that they aren't big enough, I think the sound quality of these are excellent. Moving forward though, I wouldn't mind some suggestions on components or speakers that I might want to consider adding that might make it an even nicer system. I've also considered moving all of it to the recently finished basement family room, which is actually a larger room at 25x17, but has a much lower ceiling height.
Don't have much in the budget due to the above recent finishing of the basement, but any suggestions for items I should keep my eyes out for when the time comes would be great to know.
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I have 683 fronts and am preparing to upgrade my center speaker from an older Boston Acoustics model. Do folks suggest trying to find the original matching center channel speaker from that series (the HTM61)? I seem to remember that particular speaker getting poor reviews at the time. Would I be better served going with one of the following?
- HTM61 S2
- HTM62
- HTM62 S2
- 685 (or maybe 686)
- 685 S2 / 686 S2
- CM Centre 2 / CM Centre 2 S2
- something else all together?

I have the 683 S2's as fronts and the 686 S2's as rears. I started with a CM Center S2 (the $700 model) and just under the 30-day return period, I swapped it for the HTM61 S2. The CM Center S2 definitely sounded stronger in the mid/high range than the 683's, to the point where I found the timbre mismatch distracting. It just didn't feel like it had the "fullness" that I wanted with dialog. Debated stepping up to the larger CM Center 2 S2, but felt like that was probably only going to leave me wanting to upgrade the 683 S2's to CM's as well, so instead I went with the matched HTM61 S2. Very happy with that decision, it blends very nicely with the 683's while still having good clarity for dialog. Certainly not the same purity in the sound as the CM's to my ear, but having the timbre match is worth it.
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I have the 683 S2's as fronts and the 686 S2's as rears. I started with a CM Center S2 (the $700 model) and just under the 30-day return period, I swapped it for the HTM61 S2. The CM Center S2 definitely sounded stronger in the mid/high range than the 683's, to the point where I found the timbre mismatch distracting. It just didn't feel like it had the "fullness" that I wanted with dialog. Debated stepping up to the larger CM Center 2 S2, but felt like that was probably only going to leave me wanting to upgrade the 683 S2's to CM's as well, so instead I went with the matched HTM61 S2. Very happy with that decision, it blends very nicely with the 683's while still having good clarity for dialog. Certainly not the same purity in the sound as the CM's to my ear, but having the timbre match is worth it.
Thanks Phantastica! Very helpful.
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I can't match my l/r floor so I am looking for a good center. I believe l/r's are should be best you can afford for music and the center/sub for HT.

Who is using or used the Centre CM 2 S2 center and likes it, why?
Who stopped using it, why?
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I can't match my l/r floor so I am looking for a good center. I believe l/r's are should be best you can afford for music and the center/sub for HT.

Who is using or used the Centre CM 2 S2 center and likes it, why?
Who stopped using it, why?
I'm using a CM Center S2 (not CM Center 2 S2), but I love it. Clear and precise mids and highs. Not overbearing down low. That's how I like a center. I'll let my mains and subwoofer handle the sub-80hz stuff. The CM Center S2 does great all the way down to there (rated down to 70hz). I'm sure the CM Center 2 S2 does even better since it's rated down to 50hz. That is, if you have your xover that low. I've demoed the CM Center 2 S2 many times. I went with the CM Center S2 instead mainly because of its cheaper price tag and because I personally felt I wasn't getting the noticeable bump in performance or sound for the bump in price. But everyone's room and setup is different so that may or may not be the case for you.

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Receiver:Pioneer Elite VSX-44
Fronts: B&W 684 S1 — Center: B&W CM Center S2
Surrounds: B&W 685 S1 — Subwoofer: Rhythmic FV15HP
Rear Surrounds: Polk Audio T15 — Front Heights: Polk Audio T15
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Since we're on the topic of center channel speakers, I need some help guys. I have a B&W XT speaker system, with the XTC center. No matter what I do, and no matter what setting I adjust or crossover I use in my Denon X4000 AVR, I can not get clear good sounding dialogue from the XTC. I even bought an Emotiva XPA-5 so I am currently sending it 200W RMS of clean power, no improvement over the 125W RMS from the AVR.

I'm thinking I will have to change it, but I need something that will blend with and not overpower the XT8 mains. Any suggestions?
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I can't match my l/r floor so I am looking for a good center. I believe l/r's are should be best you can afford for music and the center/sub for HT.

Who is using or used the Centre CM 2 S2 center and likes it, why?
Who stopped using it, why?
I'm using the Centre CM 2 S2 and love the way it sounds. Dialog is great, and during movies or television heavy with muttering (I'm looking at you Hannibal TV Series LOL) it never leaves me wondering what a character just said. In addition the larger drivers impress me over the baby brother CM 2, it's a great upgrade for movies. I trialed a lot of speakers, including some at a much higher price point, and found this one gets me 95% of the way there for 50% of the spend.

Only complaint is the thing is freaking huge. I have it resting on a nice Pottery Barn media stand, but at some point am going to retire the B&W setup to a dedicated room. CM8 S2's will become rears, get some CM 10's for the front, etc. It's honestly just too big for a living room setup and looks a bit silly in our house, even with how striking the fit and finish are.
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