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post #1 of 3 Old 01-02-2001, 02:00 PM - Thread Starter
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Simple question with no restrictions - What would you consider the best center channel for $200?

Bonus question: What's a good online dealer that allows returns if you don't like how a speaker sounds? There is a lack of good dealers in my area and I'd like the flexibility to return if the sound is not to my liking.

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Tannoy Mercury center speaker, by FAR. Next best speaker I've heard is $600-800.

http://www.tannoy.com/tannoyhifi/hif...page.cfm?ID=73

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Simple question with no restrictions - What would you consider the best center channel for $200?

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The best center speaker for $200 is whichever speaker most closely matches the spectral balance of your existing left/right speakers. Center is NOT just dialog. Typically, center channel reproduces 60% of the front sound stage including dialog, music and effects.

If your HT setup is in a relatively small room, then the vertical dispersion characteristics are less of an issue. If the room is large, then you may certainly want to consider a speakers with a more limited vertical dispersion characteristic.

You're likely to obtain the best results with a speaker of the same brand and series as your existing speakers. If you're using planar type or large speakers then you'll have to settle for a speaker that most closely matches your existing speaker.

A manufacturer's claim that a speaker is designed for center channel applications should be taken with a grain of salt! Pick the one that blends the best to give you a seamless sound stage particularly on left/right panned affects. A mis-matched speaker will quickly reveal itself.

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