Originally Posted by gmentals
Did you decide to go with the 450c? I am getting ready to upgrade from my Primus setup to the Klipsch RP line. I will be getting the 280 towers because I have cats. I can't decide what to use for a center though: 160m, 250c, or 450c. I can find all "open box" for $387, $238, and $450 respectively. I'd hate to buy a pair of the bookshelves though to just have one sit around. I only need to cover a 3 person couch. Have you tried the 250c vertically yet?
No I decided against it. It's just too large and expensive (for my setup).
If you're going with the 280 towers, I don't really know if the 250c is good enough for that setup, and I don't think an rp-160m is the answer either. You'll want a center speaker that can keep up and be on a similar level to those 280s.
I see two options for you,
1) I think the 450c is the center channel you would really need if you're getting the 280s. Though some people say the 440c is pretty close to the 450c, so you may be able to get by with that.
2) The other option, if you're really just trying to cover a 3 person couch, AND if money is short, is to skip the center channel entirely. It's called "phantom center", and a few people have success with it, some even swear by it... If you're sitting centered mostly, and since you say it's just one couch, you may be able to get away with it okay.
Obviously this won't work in certain cases: if you're using a big screen, then you would want a center channel to fill in the larger seperation of the left and right speaker. And if you have people sitting off far to the sides (if your 3 person couch is excessively long for some reason), you would want a center channel to anchor dialog for those wide listening positions.