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Home Theater Setup - Definitive Tech. SM 350 or CLR 2002 Center Channel. What's best?

post #1 of 10
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So I had an audio rebirth and I'm once again an addict. I spent much of my teenage years swaping out audio gear in hopes of best performance. Well I'm doing it again.

My home theater started life with a $500 Epson Pro Cinema 800 on clearance. It is an awesome 720p projector and I soon had a 100" screen and I started dragging in my old audio gear that had been boxed up or rarely used. I won't bore you with details but I now have a bluray player feed to an Integra 9.8 pre/pro, to a Rotel 985 (100x5) and then to a Def. Tech. PF1500 sub, BP2 (bipolar) rears, and I have taken a liking to the Studio Monitor 350 front firing bookshelves that Newegg had on sale on black friday($180 shipped a pair!) for the fronts.

FWIW. They are really great monitors for the money. I typically like a well laid back warmth for 2ch but these things rock in 5.1 as they stay neutral until they are pushed hard and they do tend to get a bit foward. Thats perfect for home theather in my book. Ive done some 2ch listening and they are...fine. They have good detail, fair to good bass extention and tightness, and a surprisingly good soundstage. Probably great for most people but I still prefer my Snell K.5s for critical listening in my office.

I was using a Snell c.5 for the center channel but I wanted to round out an all Def. Tech. system. I picked up a C-1 last week but 5 mintues of listening told me it was a terrible match to the SM350s. So that will be up for sale (anyone?). So I did a search for a center to match the SM 350s and I see the CLR 2002 is a good match, but at the same time I see Newegg is having the crazy sale again ($180 shipped for a pair) for the 350s.

So what is better performance? A CLR2002 or a single SM 350?
Edited by miatame - 1/7/13 at 6:51am
post #2 of 10
If you really want some good sound, the Def Tech Studio Monitor 55 speakers are what you want. You won't get it for $200.

Either that, or the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by miatame View Post

So I did a search for a center to match the SM 350s and I see the CLR 2002 is a good match, but at the same time I see Newegg is having the crazy sale again ($180 shipped for a pair) for the 350s.
So what is better performance? A CLR2002 or a single SM 350?

Using a single 350 for the center, is a real good choice.
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

If you really want some good sound, the Def Tech Studio Monitor 55 speakers are what you want. You won't get it for $200.
Either that, or the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1.

The SM 55 is the newest series, not sure if they will match the older 350s.
post #5 of 10
I have the SM450s and they sound great. Considering I got them for just around 200 bills, not bad at all! If you can buy a single 350, that would make a very solid front stage!
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

I have the SM450s and they sound great. Considering I got them for just around 200 bills, not bad at all! If you can buy a single 350, that would make a very solid front stage!

Well I can't find a place to buy a single one, but luckily they are cheap enough, it might as well be just one speaker. I'll just keep one as a back up. wink.gif
post #7 of 10
I had the 350s and a CLR2300. I swapped the out onetime and I liked the 350 better as a CC. If you don't go with the350, go with the 2500 over the 2002.
post #8 of 10
Going with the same speaker across the front will give you a seamless panning across the front. Granted they all use the same tweeters and 5.25" drivers you will find better off axis sound using the matching speaker than the CLR2002. But if its just you in the sweet spot than you won't notice a difference.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well the SM350s are ordered. The guy on here selling the CLR2002 didn't get back to me.

Who knows, if they go on sale again I'll order a set for rear surrounds. I've always wanted to find out how a 7.1 setup is.
post #10 of 10
i'm actually going with the same setup in a 7.1, all promonitor 350's and klipsh rw-12d sub, but was thinking about upgrading to the clr 2002 for CC, after reading this i guess im going to stay with the 350 for the CC, but if you are still interested in the clr 2002 they have it on amazon for $399 plus free shipping http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-Speaker-Single-Black/dp/B000TD8XCU
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