I absolutely love my CSW M80s for both music and also as L/R mains in my HT setup in a very small room (driven by a Marantz SR4400). I have a CSW Center Stage for a center channel, and although it sounds decent by itself, the timbre matching and panning with the M80s is quite poor. As previous posters have noted, CSW didn't make a timbre-matched center channel for the M series.
From reading this and other threads I gather that my best options for a center channel upgrade are an MC500 or another M80, both of which can currently be had as single-unit B-stock from CSW's online clearance area.
The M80 would obviously be the best timbre match, but would be a MAJOR logistical challenge because it's over 10" tall turned on its side (nice that you can rotate the tweeter, though). I can't afford to properly wall mount my Panny 46" plasma and frankly I'm not sure the mounting-style TV stands will create enough room for a 10 1/2" tall center channel anyway even if I get my TV attached successfully. I have seen NO traditional shelf-style stands that have space for a center that tall.
The MC500 will produce nice big sound comparable to the M80s; some people say they match nicely w/ the M80s but others say the timbre is off. They are big, too -- 9" tall, although there is a nice Bell'o stand (PVS-4215
) that has enough middle shelf clearance.
Any thoughts on these or options I'm not considering? Should I abandon my fantasy of keeping the M80s and just spring for a new matched L/C/R set? I would like to keep them both to keep my costs down but also because I love how they look and sound.
Auugh...what to do...