I thought I might as well get the ball rolling, I seen this asked a few weeks back on the forums here somewhere, as to why there was not a thread just for center speakers! The importance of the center speaker: The center speaker delivers virtually all the dialogue and it can, depending on the mix, convey upward of 80 percent of a movie's soundtrack, so why don't we read so much about the importance of this channel on the forums? all the focus seems to go to the front L&R and the Sub with the center speaker and rears probably last! Anyway here we go : Past and present center speakers I've had, they mostly where all where used with the same speakers brand all round: KEF TDM 23C: Performance : if I can remember right it needs good amplification to get the best out of it , it's THX certified, sounds great partnered with the right amplification 4 OHM load, I used to run it from an old Yamaha DSPA1 at the time, it used to clip the amp most of the time, I never really got the best out of it at the time TBO, still a good performer though. Build Quality: Good. Finish: Mostly cloth with gloss painted MDF sides, the speaker cloth can be had in Black or White. Looks: 6/10 real ugly to look at IMO. its more suited to a dedicated room. Sound: 6/10 Monitor Audio Gold GSCLR: Performance: good sound, maybe a little bit boxy, the voices actually feel as if they are contained in the cabinet, over all a nice speaker, after you experience the PL though theres no going back, it then sounds muffled in comparison! Build Quality: 8/10 Very good. Finish: I had the real wood finish, very nice, there is a cheaper finish which is not nice at all, same speaker made in China, maybe a different letter in there somewhere, can't quite remember. Looks: 7/10 Sound: 6/10 Monitor Audio PL300: Performance: this speaker weighs an absolute ton, the finish is second to none, great imaging brings voices right into your room, it can sound a little bright, maybe a touch harsh if not partnered with the right kit IMO, I tried the MA PL200 against it, there was no competition, the 300 destroyed it. The ribbon tweeter is sweet, it throws out a wide dispersion of sound if I can remember right I read somewhere that MA manufacture their own ribbon tweeters. I was sorry to let it go. Build Quality: 10/10 Phenomenal. Finish: It doesn't get much better, beautiful,1 high gloss, 10 coats I think, I had the Ebony stunning Looks: 10/10, maybe it can look a bit intrusive in a smaller room. Sound: 9/10 Dali Helicon C200MK2: Performance: but still a great performer, great clarity, once again the voices come into your room, so you don't focus on the speaker as much, great imaging, really solid bass from the drivers, really clear, excellent center speaker. Build Quality: 10/10 Excellent, no where near the weight of the MA PL300, still a slolid speaker though. Finish: 10/10 Excellent, high gloss. Looks: 10/10 Sound: 8.5 /10 On trial at the moment: Dali Epicon Vokal: Performance: not as heavy as the MA PL 300, what can I say with the performance, its a revelation IMO its like lifting a veil of the Helicon sound, which is no mean feat, its clarity is phenomenal, it brings everything to life, the mid bass from the drivers is wonderful, really punchy and tight with great weight behind voices etc. Tested this with the speaker on full range "no sub" still early days testing it out, so far it has me drooling, Dali say it needs at least 100 hours to break it in! so it can only get better it has a pretty expensive price tag though, so it should be special! all in all a 10/10. Build Quality: Excellent. Finish: 10/10 Excellent, high gloss on par with the MA PL200 / 300 finish. Looks: 10/10 Sound: 10/10 Another speaker that blew me away was the Vivid Audio C1: On par with the Epicon, never tried it at home only demoed in the showroom, its special and so is the price! you would need a lottery win to buy one! I would love to hear KEF Reference 204c that looks a beast and the new M&K in the future As with any speaker as we all know, to get the best out of your speakers you need the right amplification and processing, so opinions will vary no doubt, these are just my opinions what is the best center channel speaker you've guys have heard and what have you compared it to?