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Looking for suggestions for a great center channel speaker under $1K. 100% HT and TV use so must be great for dialogue. I am thinking on running the new Chane A5.5 towers and their 1.5s for surrounds, and possibly their 2.4 for the center. However, may upgrade the center to something better than the Chane 2.4.
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Save your money and get the matching chane center.
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Best is a tough call. Every one will have a favorite perhaps based on their experience, so... here are a couple of ideas based on my limited experience.

MSRP for the Revel C205 is right at your price point. I use one of these in a system in an exercise room and it has worked out well. My main system uses the Revel C208 center channel. It's definitely a big step up in quality but it also has a $2k MSRP.

Depending on where you'll have this speaker and how visible it is, you might consider Revel b-stock speakers. These are functionally perfect products with some cosmetic defect but at a significantly lower price. If you go down this path, The Screening Room is where I bought all of my Revel gear (and some other stuff, too). It's worth your time to email them to ask about prices on both b-stock and regular speakers.

Just one more upgrade and things will be perfect.
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Save your money and get the matching chane center.
That good?
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I installed a 7 channel system for my son using chane speakers 2 years ago. They are fantastic speakers and not just for the money. Always get a matching center. This new version should be even better. Get their package deal even if the center isnt currently available. If your ok with black they are hard to beat.
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I think the rec to go with the Chane 2.4 is probably your best bet. However, the ascend acoustics Sierra horizon , in black, is at your stated budget. I haven't heard the Chanes, but can't recall hearing anything negative.

I have heard the Sierra horizon and it is awesome.

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There is always something better out there. I just came back from Cedia and heard systems that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dont go down the rabbit hole, trust me i know. You will be blown away at that chane system. Also keep in mind your room acoustics has a great deal to do with how your system will sound. My son has his 7.2.4 chane system powered my a yamaha 3070 receiver with a 2 channel amp added in a dedicated theater that we spent some time and money acoustically treating and imo this system can hold its own against what i heard at Cedia. Bottom line how you set your system up is nearly as important as what you buy.
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Polk LSiM 706c for $349

LSiM706c Cherry

LSiM706c Mahogany

I don't have them so I can't comment on their performance. It's the best closeout price I have seen for that center though.
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Polk LSiM 706c for $349

LSiM706c Cherry

LSiM706c Mahogany

I don't have them so I can't comment on their performance. It's the best closeout price I have seen for that center though.
Funny i just posted on the closeout deal on these. @ different but both really good speakers. You cant go wrong with either. I own the polk lsmi 707 towers . @ pair of the 703 s anf the 706 center would be really good too. Imo the polk are more musical and refined the chanes are slightly more dynamic with a bigger soundstage. I have compared my polk towers to my sons chane towers . I would be happy with either. The chanes have to advantage of you are in a dark dedicated theater.
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If you don't mind some assembly, or paying a cabinet shop to do it for you, you'll come in way under $1k for this with drastically superior capability of any retail or ID speaker other than perhaps JTR which won't be under budget.

https://www.diysoundgroup.com/home-t...pressives.html

If you can accommodate a vertical center, the HTM line is excellent as well and offers unmatched performance for the price.

If you want prebuilt, you won't beat PSA's MTM-210C for under $1k. You'd have to move way up in price to JTR to get any better for home theater. Period. No one else comes remotely close.
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Stick with Chane. Your waiting for the 5.5, hopefully the new larger center will be available around the same time. I have zero regrets with my Chane system, impatiently waiting for the wall speakers to complete the system as Atmos.
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