I want to try out a center speaker $150-$900, recommendations sought
Yes, I know that is a big price range. This is going to be essentially an experiment to see how a center speaker will improve, or not improve over my current "phantom" setup, in terms of dialog intelligibility. The caveat is that my setup is not ideal, and the speaker will have to sit low to the floor, perhaps on a slight stand of no more than 6-8 inches of height. The speaker will have to be angled up quite a bit. Yes, I am aware of possible reflections off the floor with the speaker that low. Now, around 10-15 years ago, I tried out 3 or 4 center speakers with little success, so I went back to the phantom setup. My thought now is to spend a bit more and try out a newer and hopefully better speaker and see if I can get better results. Also, I need to be able to drive this speaker with my Denon AVR-X5200 receiver.
As to what I have been considering, I've been looking a lot at used Revel. The reason I chose the low end of my price range is that I see I can get a nice used Revel Concerta C12 for $150. Reviews indicate that it is quite a good speaker, with original price of $500. I'd like to try a Performa C208, but it looks like that will cost around $1,300 for a nice used unit.
The other brand I'm looking into is Monitor Audio. I'm thinking along the lines of a used Gold GXC 350 or the newer Gold C350, but they are hard to find used. There is also the new, 6th generation Silver series, which offers the Silver C350, which can be bought new for under $900.
Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.
FAMILY ROOM--Legacy Signature II towers(Front L/R), PSB Image 5T towers(Surrounds), Polk LSiM706 center, Denon AVR-X5200W, Krell FPB 400cx, AR ES-1 turntable w/ Audioquest 404-B cartridge, Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray Player, RCA HD-DVD player, Sony 75" 900E.
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