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post #24031 of 24035 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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