Originally Posted by Bond 007
He wanted to know if he got the towers would they drown out the center channel. The answer is no. Everyone doesnt listen at reference level all the time. And I wanted to point out to him that there is more advantages to upgrading to towers than loud HT. And its a good thing that you told him that the kf26 are more dynamic and powerful than the quintets. Im sure he would never have known that.
Sarcasm intended, perhaps?
To the OP . . . If you find yourself in a position of raising the volume level of you KF26s above the low listening level in order to enjoy a little louder tv or movie environment,,since,the center speaker carries most of the dialogue, the KF-26s will most assuredly and unsatisfactorily DROWN OUT the Quintet center.
Maybe I should less gently make the case, posting any further thoughts sparing the use of the "gentility filter" for which we southerners are noted.
Mating the smallish quintet center with KF26 towers will most definitely overpower the quintet center, so much so, that employing the Icon KF-26s as fronts while maintaining a much more meager quintet as a center will produce a wholly disatisfying result.
To procure any semblance of 3 speaker sonic balance, the OP will be required to listen to the Icon KF 26s at low levels at all times (in effect, dumbing down the KF26s by lowering the towers' volume) while pumping up the volume on the center quintet to near a peak level on the threshold of distortion.
A recent review should suffice to make the point:
"Price is a little high for a BestBuy level center channel [icon 5 1/4 center channel matching the KF-26s] but is a great unit otherwise for being Klipsch's low end. I matched with the KF-26 fronts to replace my Quintets and my system sounds great now. I tried to run the KF-26's with my Quintet center and it deff was not cutting it. I upgraded to this unit [Icon 5 1/4 Center]. It deffinately has a more powerful and full sound. It looks like a Beast compared to my Quintets for sure." [From 4/18/2012 @ link http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=2138079&pid=1218310760241&tab=reviews&overview=no]
OP, if you plan to purchase themIcon KF-26s (a nice upgrade from the quintets), you should consider the matching Icon center to experience your new KF-26 towers in their full capability, unless you only plan on doing two channel listening. For HT you will need the Icon matching center to experience in HT mode what your new towers can really do during movie or tv watching.
To the OP . . . let us all know how you come out after making your final decision.
The above is all IMHO.
Edited by Rhetor - 2/11/13 at 8:29pm