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Not getting desired effect

I have the following set up at home in my hall:

* Denon AVR X1500H
* Pioneer FS 52 Front Left and RIght floorstanding speakers
* Pioneer C22 center speaker
* Philips surround speakers
* SVS PB 1000

Now I am not happy with the center channel especially, and I plan to replace it with something else and that's where I need the help of you experts to tell me what is the center channel speaker I should be looking at that's not in a very high or very low budget. 20k - 30k is good. Thanks in advance.
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Where are you posting from? 20K-30k US is a lot of money. Knowing where you are helps to make recommendations based on what is available in your area.

That being said, the Pioneer C22 gets a lot of complaints by users on these forums. There are a lot of options that will outperform the Pioneer center. I would begin by looking at major brands like Elac, Klipsch, Q Acoutsics, among others. I would also include SVS center speakers since you have an SVS sub which means that brand is available to you as well. Good luck on your search I'm sure you will find a center that is definitely better than the one you are currently using.
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Forget the center channel and go phantom. You'll be so much happier.
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One of these:

https://www.amazon.in/s?k=dali+cente...f=nb_sb_noss_1

Or:

https://www.amazon.in/Mission-MH-028...ateway&sr=8-26

One more:

https://www.amazon.in/Acoustics-Cent...ateway&sr=8-80

All of the above will give you clean vocals, far surpassing the current center channel speaker. You might take a look at the matching L&R speakers from each company and see if there are any that appeal to you, then just pick the center that matches and you will be "upgrade ready" when the time comes.

If you cannot get out and listen to any of these brands, then peruse the What Hifi reviews for clues as to which sound signature you might like. Or just pick based on size, price, or looks ....
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It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.

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Where are you posting from? 20K-30k US is a lot of money. Knowing where you are helps to make recommendations based on what is available in your area.

That being said, the Pioneer C22 gets a lot of complaints by users on these forums. There are a lot of options that will outperform the Pioneer center. I would begin by looking at major brands like Elac, Klipsch, Q Acoutsics, among others. I would also include SVS center speakers since you have an SVS sub which means that brand is available to you as well. Good luck on your search I'm sure you will find a center that is definitely better than the one you are currently using.
Thanks and I am in bangalore, india. SVS is pretty highly priced though they are great.
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All of the above will give you clean vocals, far surpassing the current center channel speaker. You might take a look at the matching L&R speakers from each company and see if there are any that appeal to you, then just pick the center that matches and you will be "upgrade ready" when the time comes.

If you cannot get out and listen to any of these brands, then peruse the What Hifi reviews for clues as to which sound signature you might like. Or just pick based on size, price, or looks .... [/quote]
Thanks but I don't intend to chane my L and R speakers. guess will have to look for a matching center speaker. also, even if the brands are different, wont audyssey set the right one?
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All of the above will give you clean vocals, far surpassing the current center channel speaker. You might take a look at the matching L&R speakers from each company and see if there are any that appeal to you, then just pick the center that matches and you will be "upgrade ready" when the time comes.

If you cannot get out and listen to any of these brands, then peruse the What Hifi reviews for clues as to which sound signature you might like. Or just pick based on size, price, or looks ....
Thanks but I don't intend to chane my L and R speakers. guess will have to look for a matching center speaker. also, even if the brands are different, wont audyssey set the right one?[/QUOTE]
thanks, but I have no plans to change my L&R speakers. gotta find a matching center channel. also, wouldn't audyssey set the right settings if I go for a different brand or has it got to do with something else
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Thanks but I don't intend to chane my L and R speakers. guess will have to look for a matching center speaker. also, even if the brands are different, wont audyssey set the right one?
Yes, Audyssey will help to "match" the speakers, but it will never be a perfect match. Just choose whichever speaker appeals to you ...

It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.

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In addition to the center channels mentioned earlier I would also check out the these two center channels:

Boston Acoustics A 225C Dual 5.25" Woofer 2-Way Center Channel Speaker - Gloss Black

https://www.amazon.in/Boston-Acousti...gateway&sr=8-1

NHT Audio NHT Super Center 2. 1 Center Channel Speaker (Black)

https://www.amazon.in/NHT-Audio-Cent...gateway&sr=8-6

Any of the speakers mentioned would probably be a significant improvement on your Pioneer center.
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Few well reviewed Center channel speakers in your price range.
If possible, try auditioning all of them before making a choice.

Amazon.in
Polk Audio CSI A4 Center Channel Speaker -- 20,900.00
Polk Audio CSI A6 Center Channel Speaker -- 32,701.00

Klipsch R-52C Powerful Detailed Center Channel Home Speaker -- 30,700.00
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I changed my center to SVS prime, but I was reading about timbre matching and I am no audiophile, so does this actually affect the sound. currently my set up is this. how much does a timbre matching

* Denon AVR X1500H
* Pioneer FS 52 Front Left and RIght floorstanding speakers
* SVS Prime center channel speaker
* Philips surround speakers
* SVS PB 1000
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You were already using mismatched surrounds so if that didn't bother you, then you should be fine with a mismatched center. Ideally the front three should match but you will get better results with a better mismatched center than a low performing matched center and you have already have experience with the matched center.

You will experience better dialogue clarity with the SVS center, but you may experience sound differences when a sound moves left to right or right to left across the front three speakers. If it does not bother you then you should OK.
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I changed my center to SVS prime, but I was reading about timbre matching and I am no audiophile, so does this actually affect the sound. currently my set up is this. how much does a timbre matching

* Denon AVR X1500H
* Pioneer FS 52 Front Left and RIght floorstanding speakers
* SVS Prime center channel speaker
* Philips surround speakers
* SVS PB 1000

Yeah I agree with Rgarc. I don't think that's still necessary unless the tone color is really way off and you would know because it will bother you right away. Since it seems it didn't, and I assume there's really none then it means your sound system is currently okay. You're good to go.
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Thanks Rgarc, and Marine121..im happy with the set up..will continue for a while. i adjusted the tone to match with the center..cheers
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Thanks Rgarc, and Marine121..im happy with the set up..will continue for a while. i adjusted the tone to match with the center..cheers
Glad to hear that cheers!
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