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SVS Ultra Center vs Definitive Tech CS-8080HD

Thoughts on what people think about the difference of a SVS Ultra Center vs Definitive Tech CS-8080HD. I unfortunately already own the DefTech CS-8080HD and bought this early on my HT 5.1 journey. I've been eyeing upgrades for my center channel for a while and was able to get a slightly used SVS Ultra Center for $425. I had my eyes on a Ascend Acoustics Sierra Horizon but at $1098 (or $1448 with RAAL tweeter option I would get) I decided to give the SVS a shot at this price range. I recently got a pair of Philharmonic BMRs hooked up in 2.0 to a turntable and since then I've been on the hunt for a better sounding center for my 5.1 setup. I think the Definitive Tech Center sounds fine and gets plenty loud but I am curious how much better the SVS will sound (hopefully better). The SVS won't arrive for a few days and will test them out and A/B both speakers and then sell the one that doesn't sound as good in my setup.
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I think the Definitive Tech Center sounds fine and gets plenty loud but I am curious how much better the SVS will sound (hopefully better). The SVS won't arrive for a few days and will test them out and A/B both speakers and then sell the one that doesn't sound as good in my setup.
If I had to bet, I'd put my money on the Ultra center with its 3 way design, over the DT's gimmicky passive radiator 2 way design.

Will be curious to hear which one you prefer.

Am also curious whether you'll hear any of the much ballyhooed "timbre match" benefit of the DT center with your DT fronts or not, compared to the Ultra center with them.

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What are your current LR, surrounds, and sub(s)?
Room size?
Distance to MLP?
AVR/AVP and amps?
PEQ?
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What are your current LR, surrounds, and sub(s)?
Room size?
Distance to MLP?
AVR/AVP and amps?
PEQ?
My Room is 20' x 20' but opens up to the kitchen.

Sub: SVS PB-2000
Denon AVR-X1200W
L/R: KEF Q150 (Definitive Tech DI 6.5S In-Walls - Still installed but not in use)
Rear Ceiling: Definitive Tech DT6.5R in-Ceiling

My use is 100% HT in this room. When I upgraded the Front L/R from the In-Walls to the KEF Q150 I tried it out in Stereo using Dave Matthews Blu Ray live at Radio City. I immediately could tell a huge difference in the speakers. When I watch HT I honestly don't really notice a difference. For these speakers the WAF plays a huge part and I am thinking about going back to the in-walls for aesthetics. If no WAF then I would get large bookshelves or towers but that is not an option right now.

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My use is 100% HT in this room. When I upgraded the Front L/R from the In-Walls to the KEF Q150 I tried it out in Stereo using Dave Matthews Blu Ray live at Radio City. I immediately could tell a huge difference in the speakers. When I watch HT I honestly don't really notice a difference.

This!

I've always said that HT is quite undemanding compared to music listening, and does not merit all the silly hand-wringing over theoretical molehills that some folks love to turn into great big mountains.

In your case, having a mismatched boxed center with in-wall FL/FR will probably be a great combination given WAF pressures.

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