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Does the Center speaker should match or with the same manufacturere

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Trying to set up a HT system. Still trying to decide on a receiver. Picked up a set of Floor standing JBL  speakers JBL ES80.

 

Looking for a center speaker. Do I need to look for ONLY for  a JBL? Is there any specification I should look for so that  center speaker match with JBL ES80?

 

 

Any recommendations for a center speakers?

 

Without a sub woofer, will this set up be good?

 

Product specifications JBL ES80

Frequency response (–3dB) 45Hz – 40kHz

Max. recommended amplifier power* 200W Power handling (continuous/peak) 100W/400W

 

Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 90dB Nominal impedance 8 ohms Crossover frequencies 700Hz, 3.6kHz – 24dB/octave; 12kHz – 18dB/octave

Low-frequency transducer Dual (6") PolyPlas™, shielded

Midrange transducer (4") PolyPlas, shielded

High-frequency transducer (3/4") titanium-laminated dome, shielded;

EOS waveguide Ultrahigh-frequency transducer (3/4") polyester film, ring radiator, shielded;

EOS waveguide Dimensions with grille (H x W x D) 1084mm x 223mm x 330mm Weight per speaker 21kg

post #2 of 8
Your front speakers (center / left / right) should be of the same brand and series in order to timbre match and provide the same front soundstage. In your case, I believe the matching center to your the JBL ES80 towers would be the JBL ES25C (http://www.jblsoundgallery.com/ES25C.html#).
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Originally Posted by johnny hotsauce View Post

Your front speakers (center / left / right) should be of the same brand and series in order to timbre match and provide the same front soundstage. In your case, I believe the matching center to your the JBL ES80 towers would be the JBL ES25C (http://www.jblsoundgallery.com/ES25C.html#).

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post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

I saw this JBL speakers for $99 in FRY's electronics. Specs is the same as the other JBLEs25C mentioned.  This one should be compatible with my floor speakers?

btw is this good one?

JBL BALBOA CENTER 2-Way Dual 5" Center Channel Speaker

SPECIFICATIONS

•Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 150W

•Power Handling (Continuous/Peak) 75W/300W •

Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms •Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 90dB

•Frequency Response (-3dB) 80Hz - 20kHz

•Crossover Frequency 3500Hz •High-Frequency Transducer 19mm (3/4") Titanium

post #5 of 8
^^^^ NO - Use the E center with the E series JBL.

At Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES25CBK-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B00166VDKS

Also, at Harman Audio online
http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_browse/default.asp?brand=JBL&market=HOM&cat=CCS
Edited by zieglj01 - 12/6/13 at 10:47pm
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Found the JBL ES150PBK 300-Watt Powered 10-Inch Subwoofer - Black in Amazon for $160. Is this I can pair up with Es80?

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Originally Posted by lanciadelta View Post

Found the JBL ES150PBK 300-Watt Powered 10-Inch Subwoofer - Black in Amazon for $160. Is this I can pair up with Es80?

Sub doesn't have to be the same brand/series and you can go any direction you'd like, just make sure to match the C / L / R speakers.

Check out the below, it's a hell of a deal for $109 out the door including shipping and it is favored very well among lots of folks on the forum for it's price point. IMO, it will do better than the ES150. I actually have the 15" big brother to this one and love it (for the price I paid).

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1200-12-120-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-629
post #8 of 8
My opinion is timbre matching is a myth unless your Front LR are made from cloth and center's made from paper. Furthermore, check out this thread and save yourself some money:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1449514/goodbye-center-channel
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