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Old 09-14-02, 03:41 PM
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Need a Center Channel Recommendation

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I know the general rule of thumb is "buy what sounds good to you", but I'm stuck deciding on a center channel. I've heard, and like, all of them. My birthday is coming up, and I can't decide between the following:

1. Klipsch SC-1 (actually, the back of the speaker said SC-1B. Is there a difference?)

2. Boston Acoustics Bravo

3. Boston Acoustics CRC

I'm also looking at the Klipsch RC-3 II, which actually sounded better than any of the three above, but it would have to sit on top of my tv. Would that cause any sort of interference with my picture?

Can somebody please give me some help?
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Old 09-14-02, 04:23 PM
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A modern magnetally shielded speaker shouldn't cause any problems with your TV.

What speakers are you using for your fronts? Ideally they should match your center channel. Also, what is the price range of these models?
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Old 09-14-02, 04:33 PM
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Right now, I'm using some old Pioneer speakers that came out of a home-theater-in-a-box from several years ago, and they all pretty much suck. The L/R speakers will be upgraded by Christmas time.

As for prices:
The Klipsch SC-1B is $200, I believe. The RC-3 II is part of Klipsch's reference line, and it's $350.

The Boston Acoustics Bravo is $250, while the CRC is $200.
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Old 09-14-02, 04:53 PM
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My recommendation is to find a brand you really like and purchase your fronts from the same line, so you will have matching speakers by the end of the year.

Nothing against the speakers of either Klipsch or Boston, but I don't place either of them in the top tier of speaker companies. For the best values in your price range, I would look for speakers from PSB, Paradigm, and B&W. (among others, but I don't want to list too many) Quality speakers remain state of the art for many years, so you should spend more time researching them then any other component in your home theater system.
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Old 09-14-02, 05:12 PM
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Okay, thanks for the input.

Can anybody give me further advice on the four specific speakers I mentioned?
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Old 09-15-02, 03:09 AM
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I prefer the Boston Acoustics line, but I have the behemoth. The $600 pup
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