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JR Posted 8 months 10 hours ago
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Hi again.

I was wondering if I could get opinions on the center speaker.

Here is my current planned set up:

Room dimension: 14 x 21 Theater room with 10 foot ceiling in first seating row and 9 1/2 in second seating row.
7.1.4 Atmos
Integra DRX 4.3 with New Classic 275 v.2 two channel amplifier.
Triton 5 for the front left and right
Invisa MPX for the side and back wall surround speakers.
Invisa 650s for the atmos ceiling height speakers.
Supersub X for the subwoofer

In my living room, I currently have 5.1 setup with invisa sps for the front left and right and a supercenter XXL for the center. The living room (about 20 x 20) is an open concept with the dining and kitchen, so large overall. I was planning on stealing the supercenter XXL for the theater room and replacing it with a supercenter XL in the living room. But as I was watching a movie last night I realized how much I enjoy that XXL in the living room.

So, my questions are:

Is the XL going to be a decent center speaker in the living room or is there a huge difference between it and the XXL.

If the XL seems like it would be disappointing after using the XXL, would I be best bumping up to a reference?

If so, would the reference pair better with the SPS in the living room and the XXL in the theater room with the Triton 5 left and right speakers or vice versa?

Thanks for any advice.

Buddy

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rjohn79395 Posted 8 months 10 hours ago
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All good questions, Buddy

Having had a progression of centers as Goldenear added to their lineup, from SuperSat 50c to SC XL to XXL to Ref, here’s my thoughts:

The jump to the extra two speakers for bass in the SC XXL and Ref, plus better crossovers plus extra passive radiators is BIG, brings so much to the center channel. IF you have the budget room, my recommendation is to keep the XXL in the LR and get a SC Ref for your HT set up. The SC Ref rocks and would match perfectly with the SPS’s or the T5's. And yes, it’s a step above the XXL in every way. My inclination would be to put the SC Ref in the HT, where dialog clarity is so important, but either the XXL or the Ref would work in either location.

Just my opinion. Enjoy whatever you do with your new system!

Rick
5.4.4 HT speakers: T Ref fronts/LFE 1, SuperCenter Ref, T1 surrounds/LFE 2, HTR 7000 top fronts, Invisa 525 top rears
Zone 2 speakers; 2 Invisa 525's
AVR: Marantz SR 7010
Amps: AT525NC 5 channel, Parasound 275 v.2 stereo
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47" Panasonic 3D smart tv
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JR Posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
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Thanks Rick. Appreciate the help. I’m gonna get the reference.

Buddy
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rjohn79395 Posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
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JR wrote: Thanks Rick. Appreciate the help. I’m gonna get the reference.

Buddy


Enjoy!

Rick
5.4.4 HT speakers: T Ref fronts/LFE 1, SuperCenter Ref, T1 surrounds/LFE 2, HTR 7000 top fronts, Invisa 525 top rears
Zone 2 speakers; 2 Invisa 525's
AVR: Marantz SR 7010
Amps: AT525NC 5 channel, Parasound 275 v.2 stereo
Cable/TiVo, OPPO BDP 105D, Bluesound Node 2i
47" Panasonic 3D smart tv

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