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I have a pair of Boston Acoustics T1000 speakers (from the late 80s, I think) that were semi-recently re-foamed. They still sound very good. I recently added a Klipsch RW-12d subwoofer after finding a great deal. They are connected to a Yahama A700 (another great deal) and I'm quite happy with the set (after I got it balanced.)

I had an old Boston center channel, but it just never sounded all that great. (I think it was just too low-end.) Anyway, I want to get a new center channel speaker. I'd ordinarily get BAs, but mine are old enough that their current line may be sufficiently different that considering other brands may be warranted.

For surrounds, I'm thinking of getting some Polk FXi A6 or LSiF/X since room constraints dictate a rear speaker placement. (I haven't found many bi/di-polar speakers) So, I've been debating what to do for the centers.

Boston RS 244C ($500)
Polk LSiC ($560)
Polk CSi A4 ($250) (The A6 is too deep)
Polk CS20 ($170 on sale, seems too cheap to be good)
Def Tech ProCenter 2000 ($350)

None of these really stand out, and I am in a wasteland of audio stores so trying them out will be hard. (And a wasteland of restaurants, but I digress.) I think all of these are ported, whereas the BAs aren't.
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If you're keeping your existing Boston fronts you should stay with a Boston center, preferably the one that's voice-matched with the fronts. Mixing and matching brands for the front three speakers is generally not recommended.
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From Bethzur: "Anyway, I want to get a new center channel speaker. I'd ordinarily get BAs, but mine are old enough that their current line may be sufficiently different that considering other brands may be warranted."
"For surrounds, I'm thinking of getting some Polk FXi A6 or LSiF/X since room constraints dictate a rear speaker placement. (I haven't found many bi/di-polar speakers) So, I've been debating what to do for the centers."

Boston RS 244C ($500)
Polk LSiC ($560)
Polk CSi A4 ($250) (The A6 is too deep)
Polk CS20 ($170 on sale, seems too cheap to be good)
Def Tech ProCenter 2000 ($350)
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Instead of spending $500 on a mis-match center > look at this
combo and you will have a timbre matched front stage. I do not
know the sound of the T1000, compared to the VR1.
Boston VR1 and VRC.
http://www.onecall.com/product/Bosto...tem/_/R-104909

If you do mis-match, then I would look at the VS 224
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/VS-22...aker-P241.aspx
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Originally Posted by holt7153 View Post

If you're keeping your existing Boston fronts you should stay with a Boston center, preferably the one that's voice-matched with the fronts. Mixing and matching brands for the front three speakers is generally not recommended.

Indeed, but given their age, that may be impossible. I figure the best I can do is to keep something close in terms of technology, e.g. non-ported and dome tweeter (i.e. not a horn.)
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Instead of spending $500 on a mis-match center > look at this
combo and you will have a timbre matched front stage. I do not
know the sound of the T1000, compared to the VR1.
Boston VR1 and VRC.

If you do mis-match, then I would look at the VS 224

Given the price of that set, I doubt it will sound nearly as good as the T1000s. They really do sound very good. I'll look into the VS series.
post #6 of 7
You may end up having to do what I did for my DCM TF 600 and OHM Walsh. Both sets of speakers made "before center speakers".

I bought numerous DCM and OHM centers, mostly used from Ebay(at the time I did the DCM HT) and Audiogon.

I tried 4 DCM and 8 OHM Walsh.

The good part was, all the "tryouts" ended up being a wash money wise. I might have "lost" $50 on the whole thing.

One of my purchases I ended up giving to a relative. Found a trio of OHM Walsh center/bookshelves that I bought just for the center. The bookshelves(with an old NAD remote control receiver) went with a niece off to college and re-sold the center for 80% what I had paid for all three.
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Anybody interested in a CC 290 center channel speaker? I upgraded mine to a b&w :-)
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