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s2000 MTM for LCR - music/TV?

This system will be used in my den for casual music and TV, i have a separate dedicated theater of critical loud movie watching. In my den i have 2 x Polk 5.25 (rti4) driver bookshelf's and a matching center (csi4) with 2 x 5.25 drivers. Im looking to upgrade and considering DIY, i have done a few subs but never speakers. I do have a 12" sealed sub in my den. Has anyone built these? How would they compare to my polks? I guess my one concern is 2 x 4" drivers vs 5.25 driver in the polks.
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I didn't need to build anything either but I got the itch and just built the c-notes. They have a 5in driver, but it's really closer to 4 3/4in. Now with that said, they sound really good but have no bass compared to my jbl arena 130s with a 7in woofer. However, their mids and highs are so much better, once I have my subs done then the jbl are going back to the kids gaming area.

I have seen others compare the c-note and the s2000 mt, saying it has a little better drivers and are a little more efficient than the c-note. So if you are going to built 3 MTM's then those should blow the Polks away. If you are going to do LR mt and then mtm center, they should still sound better.

I know a few people here have built them so try the "search this thread" and see what you can find.


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I am open to other suggestions. Problem with the DIY kits is its hard to find a matching center. I am looking for 2 bookshelves and a center for this set up.
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If you want something larger and louder I see a of recommendations for the HT/M-8, Fusion 8 and volt6/8. All of them have a matching center except the volt 6/8 which you would then just build a 3rd one and use it vertically. I believe that it's sonically superior to an MTM design, but since you already have a dedicated theater there is no need.

I really want to do the Cobalt 8 but the matching center is a monster. If you don't have space constraints I hear that those are really nice. I have a small shelf under the TV so I have to keep my jbl 125c until a small badass center shows up or I modify my entire entertainment center. I like being married so I guess I will have to wait for a new center speaker design to come along LOL!
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If you want something larger and louder I see a of recommendations for the HT/M-8, Fusion 8 and volt6/8. All of them have a matching center except the volt 6/8 which you would then just build a 3rd one and use it vertically. I believe that it's sonically superior to an MTM design, but since you already have a dedicated theater there is no need.

I really want to do the Cobalt 8 but the matching center is a monster. If you don't have space constraints I hear that those are really nice. I have a small shelf under the TV so I have to keep my jbl 125c until a small badass center shows up or I modify my entire entertainment center. I like being married so I guess I will have to wait for a new center speaker design to come along LOL!
Im in same boat as you, the cobalt 8 looks great, just cant manage the center at the moment. So im opting for a Volt 6 LCR with a modified center so it will fit.
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If you want something larger and louder I see a of recommendations for the HT/M-8, Fusion 8 and volt6/8. All of them have a matching center except the volt 6/8 which you would then just build a 3rd one and use it vertically. I believe that it's sonically superior to an MTM design, but since you already have a dedicated theater there is no need.

I really want to do the Cobalt 8 but the matching center is a monster. If you don't have space constraints I hear that those are really nice. I have a small shelf under the TV so I have to keep my jbl 125c until a small badass center shows up or I modify my entire entertainment center. I like being married so I guess I will have to wait for a new center speaker design to come along LOL!
Actually the fusion 8 center is bigger than the Cobalt center.
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I built a LR MT and Center MTM set of the S2000s and was extremely impressed. The center actually puts out a good amount of bass. For what you are wanting them for I think you will be very happy. I am actually using these as my front stage in my HT setup and they are awesome. Also really easy first time DIY build. It looks like they sell pre-assembled crossovers now as well if that part seems to daunting.

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Im in same boat as you, the cobalt 8 looks great, just cant manage the center at the moment. So im opting for a Volt 6 LCR with a modified center so it will fit.
I asked Erich about the modified 6 center and he said there were no official plans. There is a member here who made one but I cannot find him. Do you have the plans? Or do you know how to design crossovers? I would be interested if you can.
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I built a LR MT and Center MTM set of the S2000s and was extremely impressed. The center actually puts out a good amount of bass. For what you are wanting them for I think you will be very happy. I am actually using these as my front stage in my HT setup and they are awesome. Also really easy first time DIY build. It looks like they sell pre-assembled crossovers now as well if that part seems to daunting.

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Thanks Cowboy! If the volt 6 center doesn't work I might do the s2000 since I have a nice living room theater but 2 small kids, so quality low level listening is my life.

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I asked Erich about the modified 6 center and he said there were no official plans. There is a member here who made one but I cannot find him. Do you have the plans? Or do you know how to design crossovers? I would be interested if you can.
i believe smcmillan2 did a modified volt 6 center. You may be able to find his build. From what ive read/been told as long as you keep the internal volume the same, the volts can be modified.
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I asked Erich about the modified 6 center and he said there were no official plans. There is a member here who made one but I cannot find him. Do you have the plans? Or do you know how to design crossovers? I would be interested if you can.

I modified a Volt-6 for horizontal center use - In my sig.


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Thanks guys, this may work. I’m assuming the s2000s are a step up from Polk? I don’t think the volts or something along those lines would work in the family den. I have a dedicated theater in the basement with 4x Marty Subs 7.4.4 etc, what i need for the family room is something refined and will blend in with a high WAF. I can do whatever i want in the dedicated theater.
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Thanks guys, this may work. I’m assuming the s2000s are a step up from Polk? I don’t think the volts or something along those lines would work in the family den. I have a dedicated theater in the basement with 4x Marty Subs 7.4.4 etc, what i need for the family room is something refined and will blend in with a high WAF. I can do whatever i want in the dedicated theater.
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I don't know if you'll see a drastic difference from your polks but the S2000's are considered awesome for their price.
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LOL! That thing will fit under my tv by about 1/4 inch. I might have to do it?

I know you have HTM 10 fronts, but have you listened to the volts as mains by chance? I will have a sub(s) soon and will cross them at 80hz if you think they are worthy? I have 2 kids, as I said so movies are typically low listening level affairs.


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LOL! That thing will fit under my tv by about 1/4 inch. I might have to do it?

I know you have HTM 10 fronts, but have you listened to the volts as mains by chance? I will have a sub(s) soon and will cross them at 80hz if you think they are worthy? I have 2 kids, as I said so movies are typically low listening level affairs.


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I did listen to the Volt-6s as my main L/R for a couple of days in my family room (not where the HTM-10s are located). Impressed by the amount of bass the 6s put out for their size, but I would definitely lean to the 8s or 10s for use as L/R. Pretty sure I posted my initial reaction in that build thread.

The Volt-6 is a little lean paired up with the HTM-10s, but that actually works in our favor as we are both in our 50s and sometimes have issues with dialogue. The Volt-6 center in there is clean and clear, no issues with voices now. It's actually moving into our family room soon, to be replaced with a Fusion-8 center build that I'm wrapping up. I hope the F8 is as clear across the seating area as the Volt-6 has been.

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I did listen to the Volt-6s as my main L/R for a couple of days in my family room (not where the HTM-10s are located). Impressed by the amount of bass the 6s put out for their size, but I would definitely lean to the 8s or 10s for use as L/R. Pretty sure I posted my initial reaction in that build thread.

The Volt-6 is a little lean paired up with the HTM-10s, but that actually works in our favor as we are both in our 50s and sometimes have issues with dialogue. The Volt-6 center in there is clean and clear, no issues with voices now. It's actually moving into our family room soon, to be replaced with a Fusion-8 center build that I'm wrapping up. I hope the F8 is as clear across the seating area as the Volt-6 has been.
Thanks. I will go back and read the entire thread.

Yea the fusion 8 center looks like it would sound awesome! I built my entertainment center around my current LCRs and TV location and did not future proof it, so a short wide center is what I am stuck with.

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Not sure the time frame you have but I’m going to start my front stage of Volt 6’s in about a week. I would be glad to give you my impressions.


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Thanks. I will go back and read the entire thread.

Yea the fusion 8 center looks like it would sound awesome! I built my entertainment center around my current LCRs and TV location and did not future proof it, so a short wide center is what I am stuck with.

Have a good weekend!
Don't want to derail the OP's thread, but similar modifications could be made to the Volt-8 to be a horizontal center. I actually had plans to do so before the Fusion-8s came back - Ordered a pair of HTM-6s and a Volt-8, the HTMs for the family room, the Volt-8 as the center in the living room. That order was cancelled and I got the F8s instead.

Listening to the F8 center right now, I didn't put enough fill in it so it is sounding a little thin. Will work on that over the weekend, then give it a good listen in it's intended position when the new TV arrives. Will update my build thread when that happens.

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Don't want to derail the OP's thread, but similar modifications could be made to the Volt-8 to be a horizontal center. I actually had plans to do so before the Fusion-8s came back - Ordered a pair of HTM-6s and a Volt-8, the HTMs for the family room, the Volt-8 as the center in the living room. That order was cancelled and I got the F8s instead.

Listening to the F8 center right now, I didn't put enough fill in it so it is sounding a little thin. Will work on that over the weekend, then give it a good listen in it's intended position when the new TV arrives. Will update my build thread when that happens.
Too late, I derailed this thing hours ago sorry!

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Not sure the time frame you have but I’m going to start my front stage of Volt 6’s in about a week. I would be glad to give you my impressions.

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Yea I am starting my subs and trying to finish another center channel build so keep me posted for sure!
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