So I've finally moved into a new house that will allow me to place my Studio 60s properly for listening to music. It's been great. In addition, the house was already decked out with in-wall rear speakers for a home theater setup. So now I'm only a decent sub and a center channel from a respectable 5.1 HT capability.
My first instinct was to go to my local paradigm dealer and see what they had available that might match the fronts. When I saw what they were asking for a Studio series center channel or even a Monitor CC-290, I began to question how important HT listening was to me. I'm really a music guy first so I'm starting to wonder if it would be a good idea for me to buy an unmatched, ie non-Paradigm, center if there were any good ones out there for ~$300.
So I guess I'm pondering 2 questions. Are there any high-quality centers out there for around my preferred price? And if so, would it do a reasonable job of providing HT sound in combination with my Studio 60s? I'd appreciate any advice from anyone who's attempted something similar.