To all the Strada owners, how does the Strada center stack up to more common centers like the Klipsch RC-64 II, or Paradigm CC-690?
To put it simply, I haven't heard any Gallo speakers at all, but the reviews sure seem to sing their praises. I've actually been looking for a center channel to mate with my Boston Acoustics E100 L & R. I tried the BA VR12 (that seems to get a decent amount of praise from its followers), but after having used a phantom center with the E100's till now, when I tried the VR12, it sounded... like the sound was coming from a box, as if I was using one of those ridiculous Bose cubes for a center channel. The VR12 didn't even come close to matching the range of the E100's phantom center when I reviewed the vocals on some of my favorite chapters on the 'Across The Universe' BD.
I've previewed older versions of Paradigm's CC-590 and CC-690 and can tell the difference between the two from just listening to vocal solos. The 590 lacks some of what the 690 can produce, and I'm not talking about volume. It's in the frequency/tonal balance. It's like there's a dip/hole in the range. The VR12 is lacking in this same department (potentially even worse than the 590).
You know how the frequency response and acoustic reproduction range of products seems to diminish the lower down the chain you go? i.e. those cute little Bose cubes sound like crap because they can't reproduce much of anything except within a very limited spectrum and when apired with their underwhelming subwoofers, you get tinny highs, not much lows, and a severe lack of anything in the middle. Upgrading to a better sub doesn't help much because now you have the big boom of the low end, but the tiny cubes still can't reproduce a decent midrange or any mid-bass to mate to the sub, so the sound has a hole in it (that folks happy with their Bose systems are fortunate enough to be blissfully unaware of).
I'm trying to find a center channel where I won't feel (hear) that loss/deficiency when paired with the E100's (and I'm not saying they're the best speakers available either, but I am, for the time being, pleased with the way they sound). I have a pair of Bag End Infrasubs which I believe should be adequate for reproduction of the lower frequencies, so I'm basically looking for a center that isn't deficient in the midrange to midbass region (like so many smaller speakers tend to be). As I asked above, has anyone with a Strada center heard one of the more conventional centers like those listed above? And if so, how do they compare?