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Centre speaker with high W.A.F.

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by dodgyd, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. dodgyd

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    Hi all,

    I need a Centre speaker with high W.A.F (Wife Acceptability Factor). I currently have an old Celestion Centre2 which is going to look awful on top of the Plasma (when it's finally installed). So far, I've narrowed my search to the following speakers based purely on their looks :rolleyes:
    Mission m3c1i
    [​IMG]

    The other speaker that looked interesting was the Monitor Audio Radius225, I know it's available in black, but that probably means it will still have that grey surround but the cloth will be black :rolleyes:
    Monitor Audio Radius 225
    [​IMG]

    Next up was the slightly unconventional Tannoy Arena Centre
    [​IMG]

    Out of all the speakers I've seen, this is the only non-black one that I've seen that probably wouldn't look too bad in our living room.
    The Kef q6c
    [​IMG]
    Lastly, I did find this one strangely appealing, depending on how it could be mounted (I have no idea!).
    Anthony Gallo A'Diva
    [​IMG]

    So there you go, hopefully you'll be able to see a pattern emerging in the speaker choice above. I unashamedly have chosen them purely on looks, so please go easy on me :lease: What I'm hoping someone can do for me is:
    • Out of the speakers above, which sound the best (ignoring the question of balancing with my existing speakers for now).
    • Do you know of any alternatives that meet the brief? (high W.A.F.)
    • Do any centre speakers come with integrated wall bracket?
    Budget is up to £200ish.
    It's been a long road with my current living room renovation, and I'm down to the last mile now. I'd appreciate any help!
    Thanks,
    Dave.
     
  2. Son of Shaft

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    There's also the Canton CD 360F and the Canton CD50 . Last one available in black or silver.

    From what I've read on these forums they should be capable centre speakers.
     
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    I have the older? mission m7c1 and I'm very pleased with it. It has two keyhole cutouts in the back to hang on screws on the wall. I'd assume the m3c1i is the same as they look very similar (apart from the badge placement)

    Dave
     
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    What are your other speakers?

    I've a CD50, very good, wall mounts included (V or H) but uncertain if it would blend with your other fronts.
     
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    You must decide according to the front speakers you have...
     
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    I've got Rogers LS55 floor standers at the moment, but I may end up replacing them to achieve even greater WAF ;)
    Thanks for all the help everyone, much appreciated
    Dave.
     
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    Have you thought about a Yamaha YSP-1, for even more 'WAF'?
     
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    There is a wall mount available for the Gallo speakers. I've attached a pic of my setup with 2 Gallo's wall mounted.

    John
     

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    They look really nice John, does the sound bely their size? How have you attached them?
    Dave.
     
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    Try to think about the three front speakers at the same time... :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Falp,

    I agree with you, perhaps if I end up getting a centre speaker of enough quality, I will add front speakers from the same manufacturer when funds allow. The Gallo speakers are looking good.
    Dave.
     
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    Sound is excellent given their size although they don't do much in the way of bass so a sub is needed.

    The wall bracket has a back plate that screws to the wall. There is a ball and socket joint on the backplate that screws into the back of the speaker which you tighten once you've got it at the angle you want. There's a hole in the wall plate to feed the speaker cable through as well.

    John
     
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    not when you tell them the cost they won't !! ;)
     
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    Not listened to one, but since I've been able to bury all cables in our walls prior to it being plastered, there's less standing in the way of 'proper' speakers. Had I not been in a position to do this, I'd definitely be looking at the YSP1, though!
    Dave.
     
  16. dodgyd

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    I can't see the centre speaker in your picture, John. Is it in the cabinet below or out of shot above the display? Where's the cheapest place to find them? I've seen them via Froogle for around £250 each.

    Thanks,
    Dave.
     
  17. Falp

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    I'm not a fan of the Gallos sound... maybe they're OK for movies but...

    Even in the satellite area are better options...

    Or a complete setup based on MA Radius 2xR360+R225+2xR90...
     
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    At the time the photo was taken, the centre was in the cabinets as it wasn't a Gallo - this has been replaced with a Gallo mounted centrally below the plasma.

    £250 is about right, I haven't seen them any cheaper -the ones with the metallic finish are more expensive at £300.

    John
     
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