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Polk Audio Signature Series S35

My new Denon AVRX2400H sounds amazing except for the center channel speaker (Sony SS-CN5000P) which still sounds as bad (hollow and boxy) as on my old Sony receiver. I have tried turning the center channel off completely but do not like how that sounds either. I know the boxy sound of a center speaker is a common complaint but I was wondering if throwing more money at the problem like, say a Polk S35 would help any. My front speakers are in the "Big Advent" walnut enclosures from the mid 1970's but the woofers and tweeters were replaced about twenty years ago with parts from another manufacturer unknown to me (They still sound great!). Any advice would be appreciated.
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My new Denon AVRX2400H sounds amazing except for the center channel speaker (Sony SS-CN5000P) which still sounds as bad (hollow and boxy) as on my old Sony receiver. I have tried turning the center channel off completely but do not like how that sounds either. I know the boxy sound of a center speaker is a common complaint but I was wondering if throwing more money at the problem like, say a Polk S35 would help any. My front speakers are in the "Big Advent" walnut enclosures from the mid 1970's but the woofers and tweeters were replaced about twenty years ago with parts from another manufacturer unknown to me (They still sound great!). Any advice would be appreciated.
The S35 may sound a bit thin too, as it's a thin speaker.

If you can fit in a larger center, I see no logical reason to choose the S35. If you want to go with the Polk signatures, choose the S30 instead.

If your budget is in the $250+ range, other options too, like the Emotiva which is frequently recommended here.
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My new Denon AVRX2400H sounds amazing except for the center channel speaker (Sony SS-CN5000P) which still sounds as bad (hollow and boxy) as on my old Sony receiver. I have tried turning the center channel off completely but do not like how that sounds either. I know the boxy sound of a center speaker is a common complaint but I was wondering if throwing more money at the problem like, say a Polk S35 would help any. My front speakers are in the "Big Advent" walnut enclosures from the mid 1970's but the woofers and tweeters were replaced about twenty years ago with parts from another manufacturer unknown to me (They still sound great!). Any advice would be appreciated.
Easy enough to try, and return, the S35 at Best Buy if not happy.

Sound and Vision was surprised that they liked it.

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I have the S35 and really like it. Seems to work really good in my room with my setup.

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OP may be fine with the S35, but outside of those with space issues, why would he purposely choose that one? Again, if he can only fit that size center, sure, I see no reason not to give it a try.

But otherwise, I can't think of any reason to go that way. It's not like he wants it to match his fronts... and even if he does want to go with Polks, the S30 makes more sense. The S35 is usually the center of last resort for TV over fireplace or other size constraint people.
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OP may be fine with the S35, but outside of those with space issues, why would he purposely choose that one? Again, if he can only fit that size center, sure, I see no reason not to give it a try.

But otherwise, I can't think of any reason to go that way. It's not like he wants it to match his fronts... and even if he does want to go with Polks, the S30 makes more sense. The S35 is usually the center of last resort for TV over fireplace or other size constraint people.
That's a matter of opinion . I personally think the S35 sounds better than the S30.

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That's a matter of opinion . I personally think the S35 sounds better than the S30.
True, it's all subjective. Just that most comments here seem to lean towards the S30 over the S35. And freq. charts give the advantage to the S30. I am guessing you find it better with clarity/highs over the S30, at the expense of a little mid-bass?

If near a BB, OP could try both, return the loser. Although since the OP can get any center he wants and isn't trying for a match, there may be better options for him than the Polks anyway. It just seems odd to go with the S35 if the OP's main complaint with his current center is it's too hollow. It's like if someone complained their center was too warm/muffled and then recommending a Pioneer C22 to him.

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I have the S35 & S30. I like the sound of the S30 better. That being said I went back to the csia4 & csi a6. I have two systems using Polk speakers.
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Back when I knew even less then now I bought a HT in a box since I was a bit tight I got a Paradigm Cinema 110 but I swapped the subwoofer for a better one and added a couple of their ADP v.3 dipoles to give me 4. I decided to upgrade and replaced the 4 satellites with Polk S10's (wanted S15's but they were too big for one of the wall mounted location). For the fronts I'm on the fence, I'm aware that the S30 is probably better than the S35 but there are issues. First of all I currently have my L/C/R speakers wall mounted and would rather stay with that or I'll have to do some spackling and painting where the center was mounted and I'd have to put the S30 on top of my BDI entertainment center and I'd rather not. Also I may be wrong but isn't it preferable to have the front 3 match? My current fronts have a frequency response of 120Hz to 20kHz in spite of 4.5" drivers so I figure it'll be an upgrade either way. Any advice?
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The S30 is the only true center channel in the Signature line. The S35 is a LCR speaker that is designed for those who have minimal space.
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If you want to go Polk and 250 is your budget this is the one to get. 3 way design.

https://www.adorama.com/pkalsim704c....ce=rflaid62905

Emotiva C1 or C2 also awesome. C2 is huge so check size at Emotiva. Both 3 way designs too

https://emotiva.com/collections/loud...ts/airmotiv-c1
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The S30 is the only true center channel in the Signature line. The S35 is a LCR speaker that is designed for those who have minimal space.
I could put an S30 on top of my entertainment center , it's not a space problem but more of an aesthetic one plus I'd have to patch the 3 holes from where the current center speaker is mounted. If I went with an S30 what to use for the left and rights as they are also currently wall mounted as well?
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I could put an S30 on top of my entertainment center , it's not a space problem but more of an aesthetic one plus I'd have to patch the 3 holes from where the current center speaker is mounted. If I went with an S30 what to use for the left and rights as they are also currently wall mounted as well?

What is the max size speaker you can mount? What are your current fronts?

If you have the space (and money), I'd probably say consider the Polk lsims over the signatures. They aren't small speakers though.
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What is the max size speaker you can mount? What are your current fronts?

If you have the space (and money), I'd probably say consider the Polk lsims over the signatures. They aren't small speakers though.
How well would they match with S10's or S15's for surrounds?
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How well would they match with S10's or S15's for surrounds?
No idea, but matching isn't like it's written in stone.

Would you rather have better fronts that don't match 100% with the surrounds, or inferior fronts that match?

I'm not saying the signatures are bad, just that the lsims should be better. Matching the fronts is ideal (although even then, sometimes not matching is the better option). Matching the surrounds I guess is nice, but I wouldn't worry about it if it's not an exact match.

An exception being is if you like to play a lot of multi-channel music. Then matching and ideally exact models all-around would be warranted.
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Got the chance to compare the S30 and S35 in the authorize retailer audio store of polk products here in my country. In my mind I choose S30 already based on the online review. At first we tested the S30, then the S35 in same sequence of the movie. In my humble opinion, S30 have a lean back soundstage, whereas the S35 has an aggressive front soundstage maybe because of the six drivers that S35 have. No contest at all, I choose the S35 and brought it home for breaking-in.

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My new Denon AVRX2400H sounds amazing except for the center channel speaker (Sony SS-CN5000P) which still sounds as bad (hollow and boxy) as on my old Sony receiver. I have tried turning the center channel off completely but do not like how that sounds either. I know the boxy sound of a center speaker is a common complaint but I was wondering if throwing more money at the problem like, say a Polk S35 would help any. My front speakers are in the "Big Advent" walnut enclosures from the mid 1970's but the woofers and tweeters were replaced about twenty years ago with parts from another manufacturer unknown to me (They still sound great!). Any advice would be appreciated.
If you were going to go for the Polk Signature series, the S30 would probably be the better choice. If you wanted to stick with Polk altogether, I am happy with the CSi A6 I have (even the A4 is nice - I had it, too, but swapped it out for the A6 when I came across an idiotic deal for one), or the LSiM 704/706 could be viable options.
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I own a S-35 and it sounds great. No major complaints. I went with the S-35 as I needed a center with a thin profile to fit under my TV. It has alot of good reviews on Amazon. I may eventually raise my TV and upgrade to a traditional sized center channel but for what its worth, the S-35 puts out great output for its size

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Another vote for the S35. We bought it mainly for its slim profile, but have been consistently impressed with the output from the speaker. Dialog in particular is handled very well.
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