Originally Posted by like it loud
I was wondering if anyone has ever heard an Oratorio center used with Beethoven Concert Grands. I like a lot of output from my center and was considering this combination. I have the concert grands and power them with a primare A30.5
Any other suggestions other than the Maestro Grand.
Wasn't terribly mismatched. The general tonal qualities are similar between the speakers, but the Oratorio is definitely a better speaker in just about every category. The critical mid-range is where the oratorio (and the Mahler and Strauss which it was designed to match) really shines over the Grand series. I heard the same Oratorio matched with the Strauss mains, and the soundstage was definitely a bit better.
That being said, the oratorio is a phenomenal center channel, much better than the Maestro in the grand line. I'd say listen to it yourself and see if the slight sound differences bother you. If not, grab the Oratorio. I'm still waiting to find a pair of Strauss and Oratorio in Black ash on Audiogon. Overall, the Strauss has been my favorite speaker in my speaker hunt thus far, with the Oratorio as the best center channel I've yet heard, even better than the Cremona center (doesn't have the bottom end the Oratorio had).