Good Center Speaker For T50?

vonkstervonkster Posts: 2
Everyone,

I am brand new to this whole surround sound and speaker selection process.

I have a 7.2 system with 4 side/rear TSi100 speakers and two front T50 speakers. My question is basically this - what center speaker would work well with these? The natural choice would be the T30; however, I wouldn't mind paying more for a higher quality speaker. Do you think the timbre of a CS10, CS20, S30, S35, or TSx 250c speaker would be a good fit? Any recommendations?

Thanks!

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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,496
    If you have an avr with a decent calibration system, any polk center save the LSiM should work fine. I would definitely go bigger CSi5, CSia6 would both be great choices. Also the older cs400i is great as well, and it’s a lot narrower so it might fit in certain spaces easily.
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio Nova Integrated; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; LG UP870 4K BDP

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,440
    Hello and welcome,

    A T30 or S30 would be your best bet. It also depends on your AVR and how well it calibrates.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,738
    Use the manufacturers same series of speakers for the front three. They work together to project the sound, and using a center from a different manufacturer or series of the same manufacturer could cause you to localize the center speaker.

    Meaning that dialogue, for instance, could be over emphasized, even though the sound levels are perfectly matched. Many people find this annoying at the very least, and could cause you to miss some information.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,440
    rpf65 wrote: »
    Use the manufacturers same series of speakers for the front three. They work together to project the sound, and using a center from a different manufacturer or series of the same manufacturer could cause you to localize the center speaker.

    Meaning that dialogue, for instance, could be over emphasized, even though the sound levels are perfectly matched. Many people find this annoying at the very least, and could cause you to miss some information.

    I agree with the logic here, but I use a CSIA6 for my center and it works very well. That said I've heard systems that use an different brand center and it sounds like crud.

    Stay with Polk, I think an S30 would be a nice fit.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • vonkstervonkster Posts: 2
    Thanks for everyone's input - I am leaning twords an S30 because it is a little less expensive - we will see what happens though as the CSiA6 seems like a really great speaker!

    I would say right now the system is coming together nicely - The TSi 100 speakers are good rear and side speakers; but, they really need a subwoofer (which I have). They don't have a lot of low end presence. High notes are very nice and crisp with these speakers. The T50 is a nice speaker as well for the money. I will start with this setup and perhaps upgrade as I get more money.

    As a sidenote, my subwoofer is a Klipsch R‑115SW. It's size is enormous and l highly, highly recommend it! :smile: :smile: :smile:
  • firsttimerfirsttimer Posts: 87
    I am running an S30 Center and really like it. I think it is a good choice for you
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