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post #1 of 10
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Hi guys, I am looking to upgrade my center channel. I currently have a Polk Audio CS175. My new Denon I got (after you guys suggested it, and it is amazing btw) pretty much laughed at my center channel, so I think an upgrade is needed. I have been browsing for a couple days and I am looking to spend about 150-200. Maybe over 200 if it is certainly worth it. I found a few on amazon that I am looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/Cerwin-Vega-Cm...652576&sr=8-23

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Synerg...5652624&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES25CBK-Ce...638794&sr=8-15

Any ideas would be very helpful. You guys basically told me what tv to get...love it....what receiver to get....love it....hopefully what center channel to get

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by kuthedude View Post

Hi guys, I am looking to upgrade my center channel. I currently have a Polk Audio CS175. My new Denon I got (after you guys suggested it, and it is amazing btw) pretty much laughed at my center channel, so I think an upgrade is needed. I have been browsing for a couple days and I am looking to spend about 150-200. Maybe over 200 if it is certainly worth it. I found a few on amazon that I am looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/Cerwin-Vega-Cm...652576&sr=8-23

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Synerg...5652624&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES25CBK-Ce...638794&sr=8-15

Any ideas would be very helpful. You guys basically told me what tv to get...love it....what receiver to get....love it....hopefully what center channel to get

Thanks guys!

What brand are your front left/right speakers? Ideally your front 3 speakers should be from the same company and specifically from the same "line" so they're timbre matched.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by holt7153 View Post

What brand are your front left/right speakers? Ideally your front 3 speakers should be from the same company and specifically from the same "line" so they're timbre matched.

Everything is Polk Audio. Do they really need to be from the same company? Does it make that big of a difference? The two towers are older, as with the center, but still do the trick.
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Originally Posted by kuthedude View Post

Everything is Polk Audio. Do they really need to be from the same company? Does it make that big of a difference? The two towers are older, as with the center, but still do the trick.

If your existing center is from the same Polk line I wouldn't replace it. If you change your center I would change your mains as well.
post #5 of 10
I have to agree with Holt.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
why should they HAVE to be from the same line? just curious
post #7 of 10
Because when a sound travels from one side to the other it moves from one speaker to the next. If the speakers don't sound the same, the sound changes as it moves from one speaker to the next. It sounds weird and it's distracting.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ill trust your judgement. Darn, I was kinda hoping for a quick fix, as I can't afford an entire new line.
post #9 of 10
Have you tried bumping the center channel level a few dBs? If the center isn't loud enough it can make the center sound crappy.

You could also look up the line you have and see if they have a larger center then the one you have. Audiogon or ebay may have the larger speaker. You could probably ask in the Polk thread if you can't find the info on your own.
post #10 of 10
In addition to bumping the db's on the center, try making sure the tweeter is aimed right at your face. You may need to tilt it up or down a bit or move it up or down to ear level. To experiment with tilting you can jam anything like a book under the front or rear to get it angled. If you find it helps, then you can do something nicer like the rubber door stops or some Mono-pads.
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