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bradorner Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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This may seem like an odd question, but here goes. For my home theater setup I currently have T1s and a super center XL in front. T2s as surrounds, and supersat 50s for rears. I been considering an SC ref as the SC XL sounds just a bit thin with the T1s (still sounds great though, so this is a very 1st world problem :-)

I did an experiment using a T7 instead of the SCXL as a center channel (I have a pair of T7s in my home office). I found the T7 was a bit better balanced with the T1s as the T7 has a fuller low/mid than the SC XL. For me, it also fit in looks-wise as I have a projection screen whose bottom is higher than the top of the T7.

So does anyone know how the SC Ref sounds compared with the T7? The cost of a SC Ref makes me wonder if I'd feel the cost is worth the upgrade. In fact as a general question, a T3+, T5, and the T7 are all less $$ than the SC Ref. So if a tower is physically an option for a center channel, how do they compare?

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Living Room:
Triton 1 - R,L
SuperCenter XL - Center
Triton 2 - Surrounds
SuperSat 50 - Rear surrounds
Emotiva XMC-1 pre/pro
Emotiva XPA-1 G2 monoblocks, R/L/C,
Emotiva XPA-1L monoblocks: surrounds, rears

Home Office Office:
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rjohn79395 Posted 1 week 6 days ago
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Hi, Brad

Good, but tough question to answer. Maybe Moderator Dude has some insights.

My opinion, having heard most GEt speakers, but not all in a center channel role:

The SC Ref is WAY more full, bass rich than the XL. How would the T7, T5 or T3+ compare in center channel duty? Only guesses here. Maybe only the T3+ would dig deeper bass wise, though the T5 goes pretty deep also, probably as deep as the SC Ref, and none of the others have the Reference technology the SC Ref has, so better clarity there, important for a center channel speaker. If it were my decision, I guess I'd want to consider SC Ref vs T3+, maybe the T5. My own inclination would be the SC Ref because of the superb Reference clarity.

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bradorner wrote: This may seem like an odd question, but here goes. For my home theater setup I currently have T1s and a super center XL in front. T2s as surrounds, and supersat 50s for rears. I been considering an SC ref as the SC XL sounds just a bit thin with the T1s (still sounds great though, so this is a very 1st world problem :-)

I did an experiment using a T7 instead of the SCXL as a center channel (I have a pair of T7s in my home office). I found the T7 was a bit better balanced with the T1s as the T7 has a fuller low/mid than the SC XL. For me, it also fit in looks-wise as I have a projection screen whose bottom is higher than the top of the T7.

So does anyone know how the SC Ref sounds compared with the T7? The cost of a SC Ref makes me wonder if I'd feel the cost is worth the upgrade. In fact as a general question, a T3+, T5, and the T7 are all less $$ than the SC Ref. So if a tower is physically an option for a center channel, how do they compare?

thanks,
Brad


Brad, would a third Triton One be possible? There are still a few left, but stock might not last a month. There's your ideal match.

If that is not possible, the SuperCenter Ref is what you want. Compared to the SC XL it has quite a bit more dynamic range and is more full sounding through the bass and mid-bass region. And overall it is a better speaker than the SC XL.

T7 & T5 will do alright, but they cannot match the dynamic range of the T1 and the center channel does most of the work in a home theater.
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bradorner Posted 1 week 4 days ago
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Thanks, a T1 would be too tall, although I could change my screen settings to not drop quite so low. What is the cost of the T1? I suspect the SCRef is the way to go.
Living Room:
Triton 1 - R,L
SuperCenter XL - Center
Triton 2 - Surrounds
SuperSat 50 - Rear surrounds
Emotiva XMC-1 pre/pro
Emotiva XPA-1 G2 monoblocks, R/L/C,
Emotiva XPA-1L monoblocks: surrounds, rears

Home Office Office:
Triton 7 - R,L
Emotiva XPA1-L, Stealth DC-1 DAC
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MSRP on a single Triton One is $2749.99 in the USA. MSRP for a SuperCenter Reference is $1649.99 in the USA.
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rjohn79395 Posted 1 week 4 days ago
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IF you don't choose the T1 option, which no doubt would be an awesome center for your set up as Moderator Dude says, here's my impressions of the SuperCenter series and differences:

I've had the XL, XXL and then the Ref in succession, and also heard the X. Each step up is BIG. My SC Ref goes "toe to toe" with the T Ref's for clarity and SQ, and is a perfect fit at center, doesn't take a back seat at all. Dialog is perfect, bass SQ matches the T Ref's (though obviously not as deep). IMO the SC Ref would be a great addition to your system and would never sound "a bit thin"!

Happy listening!

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
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