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Centre Choice

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Howard0000, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. Howard0000

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    Which would be a better centre speaker, choosing from the Gale Centre 10 or the Wharfedale Atlantic Centre?

    Thanks
     
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    To match with what?
    More info please...:smoke:

    Off hand the Wharfedale is probably the better pure speaker of the two, but tonal matching is more important than outright performance in the context of a centre.
     
  3. Howard0000

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    Oh yeh sorry...
    I'm using a pair of JPW Radius (From RicherSounds a while back) as my mains...not brilliant speakers...but good enough for me...anyway yeh which of those two centres will match them best?
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    I'm not sure that I agree with that statement
     
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    Ian,
    If the performance of the centre is better than that of the LR pair, then it almost certainly will destroy the front soundstage. Also the matching of the front three depends on them having nearly identical performance.
     
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    In my early days I had a centre that wasn't very good and another that was much better but didn't match the main stereo pair.

    Neither situation was ideal but I preferrred the non matching speaker that reproduced sound better.

    Nowadays I don't have a "centre" speaker at all but use the same speaker as the main stereo pair, as they are shielded - but that's another story.

    Getting back to the original question the Gale centre is possibly the better match as Gale and JPW used to be made by the same factory and always used to look remarkably similar just as a Morris Mini and Austin Mini did.
     
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    From a previous post I made, I would rather have a excellent non-matching centre than a naff sounding matching centre.

    My L/R speakers are from the Kef Q range. Now the matching Q95c centre is just about "ok"- my brother has one. It sounds harsh and compressed at higher volumes. Also the SPL output cannot compete against the L/R's

    But I went for the Kef Model 200- doesn't match, but sounds MUCH better than the Q95c. The 200 does not sound harsh at higher volumes, and the SPL output can easily match the Q's.

    Nathan
     
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    Have to agree with Ian and Nathan here. This is my actual experience:

    Original front three:

    L - Q55.2 C - Q95c R - Q55.2

    According to Kef themselves, a 'perfect' match - sounded good.

    Current front three:

    L - Q55.2 C - Reference 100c R - Q55.2

    In theory, the new centre is from a higher range and isn't so close a match for the Q55.2s... the overall sound is MUCH better.
     
  10. Howard0000

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    So youre saying the Gale Centre 10 will match the JPW reasonably?

    I know my setup won't exactly be top end but it sounds great to me...all that's missing is a proper centre speaker
     
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    Probably :D
     
  12. Howard0000

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    Good good...

    Any idea what the build quality will be like?
     
  13. Steve.EX

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    Would be inclined to agree with above (Ian.J whatever next)
    Personally i would direct your budget towards the very best center you can afford (front left and right are almost effects channels by comparison). A good center is far more satifying than 3 lesser performing speakers.

    Steve.
     
  14. Howard0000

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    if i did that, wouldn't it be a bit "out of proportion" - having an expensive centre speaker and cheap main speakers?
     
  15. Steve.EX

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    given the context of your original query i would buy the best performer of the two.
    If you are planning to upgrade your entire speaker package decide on a range or manufacturer of speakers that t your ears sounds "right" and buy the very best you can to start with and live it unitl you can match it with the others - a great/poor sounding center is indeed the speaker that will attract your most critical ear for the majority of the time.

    I have owned/used:
    JBL MrCenter
    Paradigm CC170
    Paradigm CC350
    Mordaunt Short ???? can't remember
    Mordaunt Short T1000
    Kef 100c
    Kef 200c
    Kef TDM23c
    Kef 202c (my current center)

    Al though i haven't owned all these i have owned (SPENT MONEY) on at least 6 of them and if i knew then what i know now i would be £1000's better off (i guess there are alot of others here who would say the same)

    Steve.
     

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