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What do you use for your center channel speaker?

Are people going with a classic center or with 3 identical speakers in front. I'm asking because I just changed to Sopra 3 speakers as my left and right front channels. I ordered a Focal Viva Evo center, but it seems to be on permanent back order. I'm thinking of going to a 3rd Sopra 3 as a center.
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If at all possible its best to use 3 identical across the front, especially if you have an acoustically transparent screen or space below or above a non AT screen. If not possible then the matching center in the line of speakers bought.

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If at all possible its best to use 3 identical across the front, especially if you have an acoustically transparent screen or space below or above a non AT screen. If not possible then the matching center in the line of speakers bought.
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I use 3 identical Aerial Acoustics 7t floorstanders up front. Love it! I echo that the folks above have to say!
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I use 3 identical Aerial Acoustics 7t floorstanders up front. Love it! I echo that the folks above have to say!
Agree use three identicals whenever possible . Most of the sound (dialogs ) that require most intelligibility and clarity come from center channel .
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3 identical across!

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3 identical behind AT screens.
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I’m using three Aerial Acoustics LR5’s. They are not Michael’s latest design, but they are one of his personal favorites for home theater AND music.

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Bottom line is if you are able to use 3 identical front left, center and front right speakers you should. Anyone telling you otherwise if full of it! Nonetheless, although I currently have 3 Aerial Acoustics 7ts up front, if in the future when Michael Kelly comes out with his upcoming 30T and I decide to get a pair, I will probably leave the center 7t rather than get one for the center (due to cost, and the 7t center will work great for movies and video).

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^^^^^ it didn't take long for you to be convinced to buy the extra 2 subs so I suspect you will get the 3rd 30t.

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^^^^^ it didn't take long for you to be convinced to buy the extra 2 subs so I suspect you will get the 3rd 30t.
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^^^^^ it didn't take long for you to be convinced to buy the extra 2 subs so I suspect you will get the 3rd 30t.
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I didn't get the identical centre channel for a number of reasons. When I ordered my ATC Anniversary 100s I thought I was going to soffit mount the used ATC C6 centre channel I bought for a really good price. We subsequently decided to implement the classic Rives front curved diffuser so now the centre channel was going to be visible. I don't know if ATC would have sold me a single Anniversary 100 speaker to use as a centre since they were a limited production run but I never asked. I ended up buying a new matching rosewood c6 centre. It uses the same mid and tweeter as my mains. My room designer told me that even an identical speaker would measure (and sound) different from the mains prior to EQ when placed in the centre. Post eq my c6 is timbre matched to the mains as ATC indicated it would. I doubt I would ever outgrow the 180lb 4 driver c6 centre but it would be easier to sell than a single anniversary 100 speaker if the need arose. But in reality they will have to pry that centre channel out of my cold dead hands so to speak.

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I didn't get the identical centre channel for a number of reasons. When I ordered my ATC Anniversary 100s I thought I was going to soffit mount the used ATC C6 centre channel I bought for a really good price. We subsequently decided to implement the classic Rives front curved diffuser so now the centre channel was going to be visible. I don't know if ATC would have sold me a single Anniversary 100 speaker to use as a centre since they were a limited production run but I never asked. I ended up buying a new matching rosewood c6 centre. It uses the same mid and tweeter as my mains. My room designer told me that even an identical speaker would measure (and sound) different from the mains prior to EQ when placed in the centre. Post eq my c6 is timbre matched to the mains as ATC indicated it would. I doubt I would ever outgrow the 180lb 4 driver c6 centre but it would be easier to sell than a single anniversary 100 speaker if the need arose. But in reality they will have to pry that centre channel out of my cold dead hands so to speak.
Well, everything gets sold eventually. I agree that when you switch to something else, it will be much easier to sell a dedicated center. I gave my dealer a hard deadline to deliver it, so I might be eating my own words when I buy a single Sopra 3.

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I didn't get the identical centre channel for a number of reasons. When I ordered my ATC Anniversary 100s I thought I was going to soffit mount the used ATC C6 centre channel I bought for a really good price. We subsequently decided to implement the classic Rives front curved diffuser so now the centre channel was going to be visible. I don't know if ATC would have sold me a single Anniversary 100 speaker to use as a centre since they were a limited production run but I never asked. I ended up buying a new matching rosewood c6 centre. It uses the same mid and tweeter as my mains. My room designer told me that even an identical speaker would measure (and sound) different from the mains prior to EQ when placed in the centre. Post eq my c6 is timbre matched to the mains as ATC indicated it would. I doubt I would ever outgrow the 180lb 4 driver c6 centre but it would be easier to sell than a single anniversary 100 speaker if the need arose. But in reality they will have to pry that centre channel out of my cold dead hands so to speak.

Then you are good. And you are correct. My center matches my mains but prior to EQ, sure doesn't sound like it.
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I didn't get the identical centre channel for a number of reasons. When I ordered my ATC Anniversary 100s I thought I was going to soffit mount the used ATC C6 centre channel I bought for a really good price. We subsequently decided to implement the classic Rives front curved diffuser so now the centre channel was going to be visible. I don't know if ATC would have sold me a single Anniversary 100 speaker to use as a centre since they were a limited production run but I never asked. I ended up buying a new matching rosewood c6 centre. It uses the same mid and tweeter as my mains. My room designer told me that even an identical speaker would measure (and sound) different from the mains prior to EQ when placed in the centre. Post eq my c6 is timbre matched to the mains as ATC indicated it would. I doubt I would ever outgrow the 180lb 4 driver c6 centre but it would be easier to sell than a single anniversary 100 speaker if the need arose. But in reality they will have to pry that centre channel out of my cold dead hands so to speak.
ATCs are "THE BOGG", great speakers! My good friend Sandro recently got a pair of ATC SCM40s for stereo and loves them! Curious - what are you using for your Atmos/ceiling speakers with them?

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Well, everything gets sold eventually. I agree that when you switch to something else, it will be much easier to sell a dedicated center. I gave my dealer a hard deadline to deliver it, so I might be eating my own words when I buy a single Sopra 3.

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So true! But as the band Blood, Sweat & Tears sings, "And When I Die" (what difference does it make)! Or perhaps more likely for me is "And When I Move" (into a old folks home). But moving away from my home theater would probably kill me in and of itself!

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Steve is what this addiction hobby is all about. "Go Big or Go Home".

Look at his system: enough amp power to light up Las Vegas; enough subs to level Las Vegas; a projector that is a bright as one can buy for less than the price of a starter home; great high end speakers; a complete room renovation; best video and audio processor on the planet.; and all of that to be calibrated by "The King of Calibrators".

What more can you say other than "Go Steve"
You should talk! You've had more home theaters and projectors and speaker types than King George had wives!

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ATCs are "THE BOGG", great speakers! My good friend Sandro recently got a pair of ATC SCM40s for stereo and loves them! Curious - what are you using for your Atmos/ceiling speakers with them?
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Well, everything gets sold eventually. I agree that when you switch to something else, it will be much easier to sell a dedicated center. I gave my dealer a hard deadline to deliver it, so I might be eating my own words when I buy a single Sopra 3.

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Yes, much easier to sell a dedicated center. I used three identical Mcintosh LS360 speakers across the front in my prior theater. When I sold them, I wasn't able to get much for the single speaker I was using for center. It seems that there aren't many people with three speakers floor standers behind an AT screen. I now use Mcintosh XR200 speakers and the matching XCS200 center. With Dirac, it is an excellent blend. I'd say 90% of the blend I had when I used three identical speakers. Three identical are best, but resale....

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