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Canton CD50 or Monitor Audio R225 for centre?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by AndyH, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. AndyH

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    Hi,

    These two speakers are on my short list to listen to for centre speaker duties.

    I need something along those lines dimensionally to fit in front of the plasma screen.


    Are these two speakers even in the same ball park as each other, any recommendations either way? Any others I could consider?

    Many thanks,
    Andy
     
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    I'm in the same boat. My current B&W cc6 s2 sitting in front of my new Panny just isn't going to work. I was in my local sevenoaks over the weekend and ordered the Monitor Audio 225, should be getting it this week (along with the Plasma), so i let you know what its like then...
     
  3. AndyH

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    Fantastic, I'd appreciate that.

    I assume there are no problems ordering just 1 of these speakers?
     
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    seemingly not, they had just 1 on display (gloss black) and offered it to me for £180 but i haven't got space for it until this weekend so i'm waiting for the ordered one to come in.
     
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    That wouldn't be out of the question - thank you for that.
     
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    What are your current speakers? I highly recommend buying a center speaker from the same company you bought the front speakers from, in order to stay with similar elements and to get the best result possible.
     
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    Hi,

    Yeah, I appreciate the theory there but unfortunately the matching centre to my new mains (soon to be PMC GB1) simply won't fit in terms of shape and size.

    Currently I've got the matching centre for my existing Tannoy speakers and it's a turd compared to the fronts, so I'm less inclined now to do things the right and proper way.

    Oh - and I've got the auto-EQ on my Pioneer Ax5i which should help level the playing field slightly (or just stuff everything up depending on which way you look at it!)
     
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    From what brand are your speakers? The surround and the front (not center)?
     
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    I'm upgrading the whole lot, but I'm constrained by room size and the mrs not wanting ugly wall brackets as I had before.

    So - I'm sold on a pair of PMC GB1's for the front, backed up with a Velodyne sub.

    Aesthetically we like the R225's for rears, so ideally I would pick one for centre duties - but the Canton would also be a visual fit. Having not heard either of these speakers I thought I'd ask for some opinions, hence the thread.
     
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    When I suggested to match the center speaker with the fronts, I meant from the same series too. Its not fair comparing a center from a lower series with higher series fronts (I'm assuming thats what happened with the Tannoys).
     
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    Well i got the MA 225 on Saturday, and i think its great. The sound for me is clearer than the B&W i replaced. The vocls seem clearer and the actual width of the speaker i found well suited to my 37" PV500, as the vocals seem to have a wider field of sound projection. Also the the gloss black is beautiful and compliments the Plasma really nicely.
     
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    SOLD!!

    My purchase will be sat in front of a 37" PV500 too :)


    Thank you for that. I'll pop into Sevenoaks and have a listen, just in case my ears work differently to yours, but I suspect a positive decision isn't far off.
     
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    here are a couple of pics

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    Thanks for those - most useful for continued buy in from the mrs :)
     

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