Update on a previous post where I mentioned interest in the A2.4 to replace my old, tiny “Mirage” center channel, but space was tight. Because of the fireplace in the middle of my living room taking up a little over 1/3rd the front wall, most of my system is in the right corner of the room. My 3 chair couch is only 8 feet from this wall so I didn’t want to mount the 55” Panasonic plasma over the mantle as I’d be looking too high UP.
So my Denon 3500 is up on a shelf over the HDTV (not pictured), the TV sits on the rolling Metro steel wire cart, with various BR decks on very bottom shelf, and the Rythmik F12G subwoofer on the Auralex floor pad to the left. The little center channel speaker was held by bungee cords inside the cart, right below the TV sitting directly above on the top shelf, the CC pointing at my main sitting couch position. No room above the TV. for a CC. So I wanted to basically use the same cart setup, with a new CC speaker. Closest in size to the last one is a DefTech PB2000c, and only a few others that were around 6” or less. But the many reviews were of bright tweeters or bright sounding, something I already had. Looking at the few choices I had considered by size first, I came to the conclusion, I wouldn’t be upgrading by much if at all. Read all I could about the Chane, and while most don’t have the same small space requirements I have to deal with, I wanted to make a substantial upgrade. The 7.1” height in the horizontal position of the A2.4, was revisited in looking at my tiny cart.
So, using the dimensions of the A2.4, I made a cardboard markup. Once I saw that it would fit in the 18”x24” cart, I went out today and bought a 3rd wire shelf to be a middle shelf, bungees would not work on this size speaker. That’s the hollow cardboard box you see in the photo, rotated slightly clockwise to point toward my main seat, and it looks like I’ll barely have enough room to wedge the front up 1.5-2”, pointing right at my ears. Again, I’m only sitting 8’ away, but since I recently had a hard time hearing clear movie dialogue, and have always hated the bright sound with 5.1/7.1 music, after living with that for way too long, I knew I had to finally fix the mistake I made when I was first learning, not listening to the advice of the importance of the CENTER channel. Well depending on how fast I get the delivery, that huge mistake will soon be rectified!
Placed my order today, on the Chane site, paid a little extra for the FedEx ground option, because waiting is always the hardest part. Well actually lifting the HDTV off the cart to rebuild build it, was the hardest, forgot I’ve gotten older....
HDTV: Panasonic P55VT50 Plasma
AVR: Denon X3500H
SPEAKERS: Ohm (mains), Chane 2.4 (center), Rythmik F12G (sub), DefTech ProMonitor 80 (sats)
MEDIA PLAYER: Oppo BD83