Originally Posted by amazonracer
One more question on timbre or matching the tone on my VR965's. I thought I read a quick blurb on the fine posts I have been reading that the front matching is really important for watching movies. This 3 speaker system I will be using is 99.9% TV watching I.E. sitcoms, Cop shows and of course sports. The reason why I'm asking is that if I don't match my front VR965's, the choices are endless. My choices if I get a used VR910, 920, 10 or 12 are few. Thanks
You absolutely want to match the front soundstage (Left, Right and Center) if at all possible. You don't need to stick to the VR910/920/10/12 or 14, though I've had personal experience with the VR10, 920 and VR12 and they're all very good centers, particularly the last two.
If you can choose a center with a VR tweeter, older model or one of the more recent ones like a VRC, VRMC, E70, E50, P450 or P400s with the VR tweeters will match very well with your 965s. The panning effects with movies, TV shows, any heavy dialog, even multichannel music or concerts that implement left to center to right panning will lose focus and can detract from the experience if the continuity going from left to center to right and back is altered by using a center channel speaker that does not pair well with your mains. I'd suggest one of the E Series, P400 or P450 refurbished units from Accessories4less. In fact, I just got one of the P400s to go with a pair of VSi 575s in-walls I will be installing soon and it was in great shape, basically looked brand new and sounds great as well.
New models compared to older models means very little when it comes to a well made speaker, so don't get hung up on having/wanting to get something made this year. I think Billy Joel had something there when he said "don't waste your money on a new set of speakers, you get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers..."