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Best compact Centre channel

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Peter Baker, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. Peter Baker

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    Hi all
    Having upgraded most of my stuff recently, including amps and rear speakers, I thought I would be free of the bug for a while.
    Not so! :suicide:
    I find that my front three speakers, which previously seemed pretty well matched, now seem uneven. In particular, the centre, a Ruark Dialogue, seems cuppy on dialogue and rather less open than my Living Voice Auditoriums. No great surprise perhaps, as they are very good speakers, and the Proceed is now showing them off to better advantage.
    So I need (oh OK, not need, want), to get a better centre speaker.
    Problem is, it has to be quite compact, as it sits under the TV in the rack. I would guess that 21" wide by 7" tall is as big as it can go.
    It should also be available in maple, or silver finish.
    And it must be more open and natural than the Ruark.

    I was thinking of Proac, Totem or possibly M&K.

    Any other suggestions would be most welcome.

    Best regards


    Peter
     
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  3. Peter Baker

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    Thanks for the reply. I know Kevin at Living Voice pretty well, but he has no plans to build a centre channel speaker. It's also difficult to get him to say anything about other speakers except "they're crap", so I'm not too hopeful on a recommendation.
     
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    :laugh: Sounds like Kevin Scott alright. I remember reading somewhere that the Living Voice "normal" (ie not horn) loudspeakers were a massively enhanced version of another companies design- it is possible that that company (whoever they were) built a centre. Alternatively the Castle range has similar finish, good sensitivity and a neutral tone which might be a place to start looking.

    Alternatively, try and persuasde Kevin to sell you a single speaker.........
     
  5. Peter Baker

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    Alternatively, try and persuasde Kevin to sell you a single speaker.........[/QUOTE]

    Bit big for a compact centre channel at approx 4ft high!
     
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    Why not audition the Meridian DSP 5500?

    Its SO compact (110cm long, 40cm deep) & cheap (£4k).
    Not so sure about integration with the LV's though!!!
     

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