In search of a high-end neutral sounding centre speaker, I was loaned a Dynaudio T2.1 for the weekend by those kind folks at Audio T. This is a short review on my findings The T2.1 weighs in at almost 30 pounds and is a rear ported bass reflex design with three drivers. The finish and looks of the beast (22.4" x 8" x 11.8") tends to ooz quality even before it's connected. After swapping out my tiny by comparison B&W LCR60 S3 with the T2.1 I set about listening to some music through the Lexicon processor set for Music mode Logic 7. Immediately my ears were met with what seemed to be an amazing improvement in sound. The gritty high end of the LCR60 was gone and the bass was now incredibly smooth. The crossover for the LCR60 had been set-up earlier to 70Hz but since the T2.1 advertised a -3db frequency of 30Hz I brought the crossover down to 30Hz to match. Playing the same piece of music confirmed that this speaker was indeed capable of low frequencies, in fact for the first time it seemed like I might have found a centre speaker that matched with my IMF MK4 Professional monitors. The centre speaker simply became part of the wall of sound, melting into to the right and left hand channels. My next test was to play some tracks from a record recorded originally on vinyl by Lincoln Majorca, a band that specialised in producing high quality direct cut records, fortunately now available in CD format. This record although quite old is one of my favourites for testing overall frequency response and once again it proved it was still capable of doing the job! After listening to a couple of tracks I concluded that the sound was very smooth but their seemed to be something missing in the mid range. The LCR60 is a very forward sounding speaker but by comparison the T2.1 seemed to be having difficulty letting go of mid range sounding instruments like a triangle. Having checked and double-checked all the setting were flat; I decided to move on to testing the T2.1 for film sound reproduction and chose a one hour session of 24 to try and play catch up on passed episodes. Initially the sound seemed great but slowly it became obvious to me that the speaker was adding a bass component to voices that could not possibly be present in the recording and were not in fact present when played through the LCR60. In case my memory was playing tricks I decided to install a changeover switch between the LCR60 and the T2.1 and go back to the Lincoln Majorca CD. Sure enough my suspicions were confirmed when I noted that the bass reproduction on the T2.1 was considerably fuller than the LCR60 and the mid range was having trouble getting out. Since this test was at best only a performance guide due to the cross over frequency for each speaker being quite different, I decided to disconnect my right monitor and replace it with the T2.1 and play the CD tracks again. The result was confirmation of my worst fears, I say that because I really do need to make a major upgrade to my centre speaker. The T2.1 was still very smooth but A/B comparison with the IMF monitor confirmed that the sound from the T2.1 was very coloured. The speaker was having difficulty in separating instruments and getting the mid range sounds out of the box, some percussion instruments were even difficult to hear from a distance and the bass seemed to be at least 6db up on where is should be at the low end. Although the speaker backed on to a wall, it was placed in excess of eight inches from the wall and so should have had minimal effect. Needles to say I have returned the speaker to Audio T. Since a couple of the guys in the store have shelled out for the T2.1 themselves, they were quite surprised at my findings and have asked that I repeat the tests next week when hopefully I will have received my long awaited Bryston amps. Personally Im sure the sound will change and perhaps even improve but I will be very surprised if the speaker sounds a great deal different to the two amplifiers that I used to test it. It goes without saying that your mileage may vary; room size and furnishing all contribute to the final sound. If you are considering a £1K+ centre speaker give it a try, I will be very interested in other peoples opinions, especially if someone can recommend a centre speaker that has a fairly neutral sound and low frequency response. I do not have a need for magnetic shielding but speaker height is restricted to 11 inches or less.