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Question Should I swap my center?


Active Member
I've recently put up a post about my cinema sounding quiet...when I turn the volume down everything is still audible apart from the speaker,

My setup is:
B&W 685S2 (Front) Sens 87dB
Center HTM62 sens 85rdB
B&W 685 sens 88dB
B&W ASW608
Denon AVR X2000 (95w - 8 Ohms 2ch)

I'm thinking the center speaker is too low sensitivity wise compared with the rest of the setup as it is set at +3dB as the rest of the setup varies from -2 to -8 and it's still quiet.

Other suggestions on the other thread were that upgrading the AVR to something with a larger power supply (current is 500w) would help...but my mind is swimming with all this info as some people spend £1500 on an AVR to power this setup and others £200, not really sure what the right answer is?

The new HTM62 S2 center is rated at 88dB which I though might solve the center issue but it's more money again! haha




Well-known Member
Hi Lotusmad,

I have the HTM62 and don't find any issues with volume, at any listening level. I use a Sony STR-DN1050 (165w p/channel) and, using auto calibration, the Center is set to approx +3 db in my room. L/R auto calibrated to +-0.
I previously had a Denon AVR1910 rated at 90w p/c and also found the Center to be clear and in keeping with the other speakers at any given volume.


Active Member
thanks for your reply :)

oh ok, what other speakers do you have? I was going to go for the sony AVR but it was too tall!

Gonna try using the auddysey set up with a proper stand and more locations and see what that does


Well-known Member
Hi Jonny.
I have the following:
- Front B&W 684 (60hz)
- Center B&W HTM62 (100hz)
- Surround B&W DS3 (100hz)
- Surround back B&W M1 (100hz)
- Subwoofers B&W ASW610 x2
I have put my crossover settings next to each channel. All of my speakers are S1 rather than S2.


Active Member
Nice setup!:)

hmmm my cross overs are all at 80 I might give 100hz on the center a go :)


Distinguished Member
Where is your centre positioned?
Is it in or on a cabinet? If so this is not ideal and could account for some sound issues.

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