Centre Speaker Dilemma

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  1. derekn

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    I'm happy with my Kef 200c but it does take up a whole shelf of my av rack, space I could well use for black boxes. Has anyone tried a pair of, eg standmounts, either side of the display as a "centre". I could daisy chain the two modules of a stereo amp to drive them. This way I could get the black boxes onto the av stand and lose a tower....
    Any ideas?
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    Never tried it - but (with the right amplification & setup) it should sound, well interesting.... I guess you'de need to tow them in more that the usual stereo pair, but this should give you a very adjustable/controlable centre channel.

    Huge centre channel dispersion! = Nice
     
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    Why not just get a smaller centre, like the IQ6c, or XQ2c
     
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    I think it would be a retrograde step from the point of view of the overall quality of your system.
    The 200c is a superb centre speaker and I,m sure you would regret the change.
     
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    I changed my 200c to a single Ref 1.2 when i had my 4.s's, which blended in better with the 4.2's, but it lacked the openness of the 200c. There will be very few standmounts you can change to that will match the strengths of the 200c. I would say you ideally need a pair of 2.2's for the job!

    Probably best to stick to the 200c :)
     
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    Thank you all.

    clarky78 - it would still take up a shelf on the av rack and it's the shelf I'd like to free up.

    Steve N - I wouldn't want to go backwards for sure.

    Helicon - I could try my 2s inside the 4s but it would look like the NY skyline!

    I have a pair of 102/2s currently as "backs" that I might try, if it doesn't work then I can always go back to the 200c. Alternatively I could try and find a stand that would place the 200c above and behind the display.

    Cheers,
     
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    Mine did for a while.....and along with a 7ft tall Apollo Mezzo hi-fi rack, probably why the girlfriend kicked me out!
     
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    This is what I think I'm going to have to do. Or possibly on a stand sitting below the display somehow.
    My 200c currently sits on the top of my 36" crt. I am intending to get a large plasma in the summer and it will have to go in the corner where my tv is now.
    I have been racking my brain trying to work out where to site the 200c.
    The only thing I know for sure is, after lots of experimenting, there is nothing that comes close to the 200c except maybe if I upgrade to something even larger.
     
  9. derekn

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    Well, I had a try of the 102s last night using an 8000SX and pretty poor interconnects and cables - the result sounded quite good to my ears and at the weekend I'll try more of an A/B test against the 200c.
    Cheers,
     
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    if you decide to sell the 200 i would be very interested.
    cheers.
    cufbert
     
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    Some more experimenting yesterday - I wired it up so I could easily switch from one speaker to the other(s) (though this did mean they were using different amps etc so my conclusions cannot be absolute).

    Well, perhaps the reason why the 102.2s sounded impressive on Friday was because they were louder by about 8dB, a difference that calibration would remove anyway. Both fell away below 50Hz so there was no extra bass extension either way.

    On listening to them I could reach no firm conclusion or preference - even when I played all three together! So much for my non scientific approach :) .

    So I'll stay as I am with the 200c, for sure until I possibly change my av rack.

    Cufbert - there's one on ebay at present.

    Regards,
     

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