A center channel speaker is a speaker that is placed in the center of a room or between two other speakers. It is typically used for movies or music that has a lot of dialogue. Center channel speakers are usually much smaller than other speakers, and they are sometimes referred to as “satellite” speakers.
There are many different types of center channel speakers, but they all have one thing in common: they are designed to reproduce the human voice with clarity and accuracy. This is why most center channel speakers have a tweeter and a woofer.
The tweeter reproduces the high frequencies, while the woofer handles the lower frequencies.
The size of the speaker, the type of drivers it uses, and the price all vary. But in general, you can expect to pay between $100 and $1,000 for a good quality center channel speaker.
The CS10 center, like its larger brother the CS20 sounds just as good but is a little smaller. It still has an angled top allowing you to invert the speaker and place it below your TV- directing sound towards the listening area.
It works great with the TSi100, TSi200 and others. Speaking of the cabinet (no, not the Presidential Cabinet), it’s extensively braced from MDF with 0. 75″ thick baffles. Cheaper speakers will use other material such as particle board which is flimsy, robbing you of good sound.
With pewter accents, a piano black top plate and removable black grille, TSi speakers look awesome and take up less than one square foot. All models are available in a choice of black or cherry wood grain, so do not be ashamed to show off your stereo equipment.
I bought this speaker hoping for an upgrade from my Polk CSR centre channel speaker. It has a larger tweater and better components and cabinet. After a few weeks I have not really noticed a big difference between the two.
Also not sure about the sensitivity rating of this speaker. Had to increase the center channel volume on my receiver to balance out with the main speakers. Much higher than my old speaker, yet the CSR is supposedly less efficient than the CS10.
It seems my reciever has to work harder to power it to the same volume. Fortunately only paid $98 for the CS10, otherwise I’d be pretty unhappy with it. It was a lateral move from the CSR, not the upgrade I was hoping for.
This Polk Center Channel CS10 is a great value for the quality of sound it produces. I own three of them, using a pair of them, one above and one below a 65+ TV as the center channel for a pair of massive Polk SDA 1.
2 Signature Reference Series speakers which are the focal point of my home theater system. The timbre of the CS10 matches the big Polks perfectly. The CS10’s can handle 60W bursts cleanly and they have enough low end to make male voices and instruments sound right.
Very satisfied with the sound at this price level.
The speaker was an exceptionally good deal, it was on sale for a very low price. It sits on the top shelf of our TV stand directly underneath the centre of the television. We bought it so that we could hear the voices clearer instead of having the voice track overwhelmed by the rest of the sound track.
We are running it with a new Yamaha D5. 1 receiver and it really sounds nice.
Two-Way Speaker Design, Up to 150W Power Handling, Use for Left, Center, or Right Channel, 1x 1″ Terylene Dome Tweeter, 6x 3″ Polypropylene Mid/Woofers, 53 Hz to 40 kHz Frequency Response, Wall Mounts Horizontally or Vertically.
Enjoy versatile placement and setup options with the washed black walnut Polk Audio Signature Series S35 Two-Way LCR Speaker. It features a 1 Terylene dome tweeter and six 3 mid/woofer drivers and accepts 20 to 150W of power from your amplifier.
As a center channel when integrated with the rest of your home theater system it will produce primarily on-screen dialogue rather than the sound effects coming from the rest of your speakers. Two S35 speakers can also be used as front left and right speakers.
I recently purchased the S35 to bridge the gap between my Monitor 10B floorstanders and my 4 MC80 in ceiling overhead speakers. (All Polk). My Polk TL-1 center was fine for dialogue, but had no midbass whatsoever due to it’s tiny drivers.
Enter the S35: With it’s 6 3” drivers it gave me the upper midbass I was lacking, probably somewhere around the 300-400 hz range. In addition to that, the 1” tweeter is so smooth and silky it toned down the mild harshness I had from the TL-1’s 3/4” tweeter.
Have it crossed over at 80 hz and it sounds great with music and movies, as well as television programs. I could not be more pleased! I have been a Polk customer since 1987 when I purchased my beloved Monitor 10B’s and they are still my main speakers and sound absolutely awesome to this day! Do yourself a favor and try the S35 center speaker if you have limited space like I did.
(Placed under TV on mantle). You can’t go wrong with Polk!.
The Polk Audio S35 works great with my TV setup. I have a pair of Polk Audio SDA-2’s from the 1980’s, lightly used over the years and still work great. I bought the Polk Audio S10’s for the surround sound speakers.
The S35 brings additional brightness and a real center channel that was missing. I like the low profile of the speaker, and it almost fits under my Panasonic plasma TV. It appears to be very well made, as is the Polk tradition.
Music also sounds wonderful, again bringing some brightness that was missing without the S35. I’m very pleased with my purchase and glad to see that the traditional Polk Audio quality still remains.
With my previous center channel I was constantly having to turn the volume up to hear low dialogue and then quickly turn it back down during loud action sequences, even with the center ch level on my AV way up.
It was exhausting. On the advice of a home theater group I upgraded to this center channel and that problem completely went away. I was able to put my center level back in calibration and can still hear all the dialogue without having to adjust the volume.
Could not be happier. On top of making dialogue intelligible, it sounds better, too. Very happy with this purchase.
The T30 is the workhorse that delivers crystal-clear dialog and room-filling theater sound. Limited to only left and right sound? Gain more middle ground in your home audio setup without forking over a king-sized sum with the T30 home theater and music center-channel speaker.
The T30 is your go-to for a more immersive experience whether you’re streaming a movie, watching the big game, enjoying your favorite show, or listening to music. The acoustically inert, furniture-grade MDF cabinet construction also reduces resonance and distortion, offering rich, detailed audio the way it’s meant to be heard – minus the muffled noise and rattled disruption inherent in low-quality, lesser-than audio equipment.
Plus, it’s designed to work with most home theater receivers, stereos or home theater processors. Whether you’re sprawled out for movie night or grooving to your favorite artist’s discography, the T30 is performance tuned for incredible listening enjoyment.
As an entry level audio lover, I absolutely love this product. I replaced my old 2″ Sony centre with T30 and I observed lot of differences in the vocals. Centre is mainly for vocals and that is very powerful in this speaker while in 5.
1. Even in 2. 1 channels, yu can try converting stereo into dolby or dts (if u have that option in receiver) for youtube videos and we can really enjoy a clarity in voice which you will feelSpecifically vocals and effects are doing a very good job.
I cant see much bass in this, as a home theatre you should prefer having a sub bcoz u cant depend on this for bass entirely. My polk hts12 will take care of that. Perfect placement of this centre would benefit much.
Overall anyone can go for this centre without any second thoughts. Make sure u have amplifier supported for 6ohms.
We use this as the center speaker for our surround sound home theater audio. Great bang for the buck and it matches well with our Polk Audio T15 LR speakers. Clear and clean and handles enough power to rock the room.
Great to watch moves on the QLED big screen with sound to match. Hard to go to theaters these days, but getting the experience at home helps to make up for it.
Bought this on sale at Best Buy a year and a half ago as upgrade to my old centre channel speaker for $100. This one had larger woofers so I hoped it would improve the dynamics in my home theater. I was immediately impressed by how much more clear vocals were, and dramatically improved bass response over the 4″ woofers on my previous speaker.
Unless you have a trained ear, you’d have to spend probably 5 times what these cost to hear a difference, maybe more. Very satisfied with it.
Equipped with two 4-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter, the Sony SS-CS8 2-Way 3-Driver Center Channel Speaker handles 145W of peak power. The speaker’s woofers use a mica-reinforced diaphragm, the upper surface of which is fashioned to deliver supple and faithful sound quality, while the bottom layer is designed to provide a powerful bass response.
Unique Design The cabinet of the SS-CS8 is made from wood, which is designed to provide a natural resonance, and its bass reflex construction will give directionality to the low frequencies. The speaker’s crossover network is mounted directly to the cabinet for vibration isolation, which is intended to assure low signal loss.
Four rubber foot pads are included to isolate the speakers from your shelf, so as to reduce shelf vibration. Mica-Reinforced Drivers The SS-CS8 utilizes foamed, dual-layer mica woofer diaphragms – the upper surface is fashioned to deliver supple and faithful sound quality, while the bottom layer is designed to leverage low weight with strength for powerful bass response.
Optimized Crossover Component The crossover network in the SS-CS8 is intended to assure minimal signal loss for an energetic vocal response with even the most delicate nuances. It is mounted directly to the cabinet for vibration isolation.
I purchased this center to match the Sony Core Bookshelf speakers. which I find those speakers to be pretty darn good at a ridiculous low price when on sale, but I am here to give my opinion on the center channel.
First off it’s a 2 way design. basic 2 different drivers, woofer n tweeter. From my experience 3 way speakers seem to sound best as center channels. That rule seems to apply with this Sony Center as well.
Initially I liked the speaker, especially the price point. As I continued to use it daily I was having a hard time hearing male voices, especially if the actor had a deep voice. I just couldn’t make out what they were saying all the time.
I had the speaker hooked up to the newer Denon AVR-S660H with the Center channel Voice enhancement on the highest level. I also set the speaker up thru the Audessey, which is supposed to make everything sound great in the room it’s set up in.
I even tried to play around with the controls manually and still couldn’t find the sound I’m looking for. I ended up returning the speaker. To me the center channel is probably the most important speaker,it is the one that must be as close to perfect when watching movies or TV.
For the price this is a very capable speaker, many people love it, just read the reviews. I just needed something better. If your main purpose is watching TV and movies, build your system around your center channel.
Find the center that has the sound you like and then get your surrounding speakers off that choice. Good luck.
I purchased this center channel to match the Sony tower speakers I purchased at the same time. I know there are other brands that are slightly more expensive, but I decided to give this one a try (also thanks to BB killer return policy).
As you know the center channel is a highly important piece of any sound experience. This center channel (mated to my Sony STRDH790 receiver), is a win-win situation! I am extremely impressed with the clarity! I don’t know how Sony does it for the price point but thank goodness they do! Again for a few dollars more I could have opted for a more expensive option (outside the Sony brand), but I really don’t feel I have to! Sound is subjective to the listener of course, but I am very pleased! Thank you, Sony!.
Always had positive experience with Sony products (this includes returning a discontinued item for FULL refund long after warranty expired!. wish all manufacturers stood behind their product like this.
) This speaker is no exception: look, size, quality, characteristics and – great value for the price paid. Purchase and pick-up from BestBuy – quick, smooth and seamless. Hook up was a breeze, receiver acknowledged the new speaker and auto-assigned very respectful frequency crossover point.
In comparison to an older Technics, as well as a more expensive Polk centre channel speakers – Sony delivers excellent sound for voice and all audio range assigned to centre channel. We have a small room, so each speaker quality and configuration are critical for pleasurable listening – and this Sony centre channel speaker does the job extremely well.
My only squawk is the dimensions in the BestBuy website specs are mixed up: 14. 6cm is height, and 22cm is depth.
Definitive Technology Pro Center 1000 Center Channel Speaker Experience-enhancing center channel speaker for lower-midrange Sounds bigger than its size while being easy to place Dual 4. 5-inch pressure-coupled mid/bass radiators deliver rich, warm audio Immerse yourself in high definition sound driven by exclusive Bdss technology The Pro Center 1000 delivers incredibly high-impact audio.
Carrying as much as 75% of a movie’s soundtrack, this powerful center channel loudspeaker lets you enjoy intelligible dialog and lifelike details. Featuring twin Bdss drivers along with two mid/bass radiators on the sides of the enclosure, the Pro Center 1000 plays loud and clear with high tonal accuracy.
The Secret of Balanced Double Surround System From Bdss drivers to pure aluminum dome tweeters to planar pressure-coupled mid/bass radiators, the Pro Center 1000 incorporates the technology of top-of-the-line models for home theater sound quality that will amaze you.
Pure Aluminum Smooth, high frequency response rings true from the pure aluminum dome tweeter set among high definition planar bass drivers. Ready, Aim, Inspire Whether placed on a shelf, on top of a TV or mounted on a wall, the built-in foot lets you adjust the angle of the speaker to aim high quality, true-to-life sound anywhere in the room.
Works in Concert The signature center speaker in the acclaimed Pro Series, the Pro Center 1000 pairs with Pro Monitor 800 or Pro Monitor 1000 satellite speakers and a matching Pro Sub for a complete Pro Cinema sound system.
I was worried this center would sound small and tinny and thin but boy was I shocked in our room. I’m sure as usual bigger is better but I do not think you will be disappointed at all with this speaker.
You can also adjust or aim the speaker with a screw on the back up and down. I bought the Sony bookshelf speakers and was going to buy Sony center so all would match but was out of stock and with recommendation of BB manager I-tested this speaker.
Do not worry about the “ timbre matching” there is validity to some of that but in my opinion unless you are spending a ton more money and are a total audiophile it’s not a deal breaker. Oh and by the way this center channel is with a Sony 1080 receiver the voices are cleaner than my Atmos enabled 1000+ dollar sound bar.
I wish at the time I could have bought L and R channel Definitive Speakers just to compare to the highly rated Sony’s (which are good I will add) because the Definitive Center is really that good in our situation.
Disappointing voice sound clarity. Beautiful and seems to be well-made. I thought being sealed it would offer better accuracy. I compared this side by side at home against a less expensive Sony a much more expensive Martin Logan – both ported.
Both of the other speakers offered much better clarity in conversation, which is the primary purpose of the center channel in home theater. I wound up returning the speaker. I calibrated the system for each center channel before testing and set the volume at the same level.
It seems that others have a different experience, but this one just didn’t work for me.
My home theater center channel speaker was 25 years old. While some components in the home theater have been upgraded, the center channel speaker was an original. The amp/receiver has been upgraded multiple times, most recently six months ago.
I realized that I was having trouble understanding dialog in movies especially (most of which is directed to the center channel). I made various adjustments to the receiver to boost the center channel level in comparison to the other speakers and adjusted the equalization, but nothing really helped.
I found I was watching movies with the remote control in hand to crank up the volume in order to understand the dialog, and then cranking it down because the effects were too loud. The ProCenter 1000 has solved my problem.
I can now watch a movie without holding the remote control and constantly adjusting the volume in order to understand dialog. Voices are clean, crisp and intelligible. I cannot over emphasize what a huge improvement this is.
Speaker technology has obviously improved since my original speaker was manufactured. This modest upgrade was well worth the price. It is small enough to fit just about anywhere.
Signature Elite Center Channel Loudspeaker Enjoy movies, gaming and multichannel music with crystalclear dialogue and high-resolution cinematic sound. Polk%19s high-performance, dedicated, full-range center channel loudspeaker features a Dynamically Balanced acoustic array, precision crossovers and Power Port bass-enhancing technology.
Hi-Res Audio Certified, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible, and accessibly priced, Signature Elite ES30 fulfills the Polk promise of great sound for all.
I had the previous S50, and then tried a stylistic change (colour only) to the ES50. Mistake. They sounded exactly the same as the previous model. (good, but not meant for a large room). But ended up costing me $1100/pr.
Whoops. So I found a pair of the S55 from a private seller (one model higher than the S50) for $400/pr. Wow. Yippee! But this review isn’t about the older S55. Compared to the previous RTiA5 (I think this is the closest model for comparison) you don’t get more if you’re paying more.
Stylistically, the ES50 kill the RTiA5 with beautiful curves and warm colours, and they do sound good, but not worth the investment at MSRP or slightly lower. My room is 12’w x 16’L x11. 5’h. I think that the off-module height of the historic house I reside in makes a huge difference.
If you’ve dialled in a sweet-spot, sure they sound good enough (with the help of a 12”, 500watt powered sub), but as soon as you leave that spot, they fade away and you quickly realize these aren’t enough for a room that size.
(My previous setup included RTiA9, and that was sufficient). Bottom line, depending on the size of room, you’re better off getting the ES55, and invest a little bit more, it’s worth it.
These speakers replaced our well-used monitors and subwoofer for our home entertainments system. Wow. The subwoofer isn’t missed at all. The low-end on the ES60s is deeper, clearer, and more responsive than the Polk subwoofer we originally had.
The overall sound clarity and dynamics are also amazing right out of the box. They’re great for both music and video. We paired them with a Polk center channel speaker and it’s perfect. Note–these speakers are big.
They truly are towers. However, I have no regrets other than I wish I’d purchased them sooner. Worth every penny.
Great sound. Beautiful cabinet and design. Let it be noted, the speaker is larger than it appears to be. It’s a good sized speaker. Additionally, the speaker depth is also larger than expected. But it sounds great.
Very clear vocal mid-range, clear highs, and very realistic. I have it paired with Polk S55 Signature towers for fronts and Pioneer Andrew Jones bookshelf rears, with a 12” powered sub. This speaker holds its own with the S55 towers, and can handle a lot of power from my H/K receiver.
Overall, the center channel is rich and vibrant, not too loud, and very balanced. They speaker is very clear and pretty natural. It is not sharp, harsh or tinny. It is probably a bit on the smoother natural sound than, a bright vibrant sound, but it creates beautiful sound stage and is very accurate and warm to listen to… At this point, I have no complaints.
If being nit picky, it is a big speaker and heavy, but a minor concession for clear accurate sound.
The Ultra Center Three-Way Center Channel Speaker from SVS handles complex and dialogue-intensive scenes with realism room-filling presence remarkable vocal reproduction and dialogue intelligibility.
The non-parallel cabinet panels reduce standing waves within the cabinet effectively eliminating frequency response coloration. The wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response.
Even the grille design is FEA-optimized to maximize acoustic transparency. It features dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts cloth grille with pin/cup retention system and elastomer stick-on bumper feet.
The Ultra Center driver array features a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter 4″ midrange driver and dual 6. 5″ woofers. Dual 1. 7″ wide-flared rear-firing bass ports are also on-board. The vertically aligned tweeter and midrange improves horizontal axis polar response with reduced lobing and comb filtering for a smooth frequency response and remarkable dialogue intelligibility at all listening positions.
I bought Ultra Bookshelves and a Prime Center a year ago. My thinking was that I wanted no-compromise stereo speakers for music, but I only needed a “good” center channel. And the Prime Center is a good speaker, no doubt.
The thing is, I could hear it. The Ultra Bookshelves are so incredible that I could pick out the Prime Center. I know SVS says that the Prime and Ultra series can interchange (and my Prime sats are doing great at their job), but.
I could hear when the center handled something that the bookshelves didn’t in music, and the vocal track was comparatively boxy in movies & TV. After a year with the Prime, I remembered that SVS lets you trade up within a year of purchase.
So, I did just that (and it was super easy, by the way, as long as you keep the original packaging), and let me tell you folks, the Ultra Center was well worth the extra spend! The number one question I (and likely many others) had was how much difference is there between the Prime and Ultra.
Put another way: at twice the price, are the Ultras twice as good as the Primes? My answer is no, they’re not twice as good. But they’re at least half again better, and that’s significant because the Prime is no slouch by any means.
And when the Ultras are put together–bookshelves and center–they get a good dose of synergy which was unexpected and noticeable. I’ll put it this way: I’m happier than I expected to be with my upgraded purchase, and I wouldn’t go back if I could (and, really, I suppose I could).
The Ultra Center completely disappears up front for a fluid stage. And because I’m adding two more 6. 5″ woofers into the mix, it’s like I’ve doubled the number of bookshelves. The sound feels effortless and buttery, and I have noticeably better pressure in the room.
And call me crazy, but I’m getting a better surround field from the rears now. I haven’t run a new room calibration or anything (yet). It is MUCH more immersive all the way around, just from swapping out the center.
So, if you’re on the fence between the Prime and Ultra, and the price isn’t a deal-breaker, the Ultras are noticeably better. And if you’re thinking about mixing the front stage with Primes and Ultras, my take is that they sounded good (even really good) mixed, but it sounds phenomenal and almost eerily seamless when they match.
I have a 7. 2. 4 system filled with all Svs speakers except for the center. As I stated to rebuild my home theater, I had purchased a Polk S35 center first along with a Marantz receiver. Knew nothing about timbre matching and the importance of keeping your front 3 speakers within the same family.
Watched a few YouTube videos and read tons of reviews before settling on Svs. Once all the speakers were connected, calibrated, and ready to go, I sat down to watch few movies. In less than an hour I was able to hear the sonic imbalance between the center and my L/R Prime Pinnacles.
The Polk sounded weak and without bass compared to the Pinnacles. No amount of volume adjusting or Eq tweaking could make up for the deficiencies I was hearing. I bit the bullet and purchased the Ultra center.
I wanted to punch myself in the face for not doing more research before I bought the S35. It’s a good center speaker but it’s not in the same class or planet as the Ultra. Room filling bass, clear dialog, and greater sound dispersion.
Very satisfied with my purchase. The speaker is huge and it required me to buy an adjustable tv to raise up the tv several inches to accommodate the Ultra. Looks great and sounds even better. As much as I wanted the black gloss, I had to pass due to possible reflections and finger prints and dust showing.
Svs makes great speakers and has even better customer service. I highly recommend all of their products and plan on buy a pair of Ultra Surrounds in the near future.
My first purchase, of a SVS speaker goes all the way, back to their beginning – a SVS Cylinder Sub. Loved that sub for about 15 years, until time to upgrade. About six months ago, I also upgraded all six, of my surrounds, to the SVS Prime Elevations – another worthwhile upgrade.
Last week, I decided, to take a chance, that “mixing technologies” would be another upgrade, and worth the experiment. Until last week, my L/R, and center channels were electrostat hybrids from a very well known U.
S. manufacturer. (The L/R’s are $7,000. 00/pr. ) After replacing the, at the time, $1,800. 00, center channel with the $800. 00, SVS Ultra, and re=calibrating using the built-in Audyssey, in my Marantz pre-pro, I’m here to tell everyone, it was well worth the switch.
The Ultra is so well designed, there is no “integration problem”, with the electrostat L/R mains. Dialog is much easier, to understand, The Ultra is far more detailed, and has a plenty wide enough sound field.
Instruments sounded more real, more upfront, and present, than before. My wife, and I, have watched the (restored) “Music Man” musical, on Blu-Ray, probably a dozen times. It has never sounded as good, as it does, with the Ultra.
I heard musical instrument parts, that I have not heard, before! One more great design from SVS!!.
Experience hi-resolution audio quality and crystal-clear dialogues for your movies, games, and music with Polk Monitor XT35 Slim Center Channel Loudspeaker. Featuring a Dynamically Balanced acoustic array with a 1” High-Resolution Terylene Tweeter and four 3” Polypropylene Woofer, the MXT35 delivers room-filling, highly detailed sound to bring your movies to life – no matter where you’re sitting in the room.
It is Hi-Res Audio Certified and ensures accurate sound reproduction from even the latest Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound AVRs and amplifiers. The Monitor XT Series is designed with quality, timbre-matched Polk components to enable you to mix and match models and build your dream home theater or music listening environment.
It can easily be wall-mounted without blocking your TV or can simply be placed on any flat surface without compromising the sound quality. Add the MXT70 tower pair, MXT20 bookshelf pair, MXT90 height channel, and MXT12 for a complete 5.
I purchased the XT35 at full price ($299) hoping to pick up more dialogue in my home theater setup comprised of all in ceiling speakers. It worked. If you were sitting directly in-front of the speaker it added a ton of mid range and even a bit of bass.
At an off angle of more than 15-20 degrees the sound quality started to drop off dramatically. For a lot of people that wont matter, but with my setup it just wasnt working for a couple of seats in my living room.
My kitchen is adjacent to my setup and I typically watch TV while cooking at roughly a 35 degree angle from the TV/Speaker, and the center channel audio was quite muffled at that angle. I was hoping for a bit more bang for my buck.
The next week the Klipsch refence R34C went on sale for the same price as this so I exchanged, and there’s a noticeable difference in quality. Every seat in the house gets the same quality, even if I step 10 feet over into my kitchen it still sounds crisp and clean.
Pros: – Size: Very slim profile, similar to a sound bar. – Looks: Very clean and simple look, loved the black housing with the grey mesh filter on the front. Cons: – Sound Quality at anything other than directly in-front of the speaker.
This review, like all reviews, is subject to my preferences and home setup, so for a lot of people this speaker would be perfect, but for mine it just didn’t work out.
I purchased this because, a) I am getting older and b) and, for some reason, TV and movie sound mixers have decided that dialog all need to be all whispers, so the background soundtrack in the surround sound can drown out the vocals of the actors.
Therefore, since most of the vocals come from the center channel, I need one that projects a better presence. And I think we have a hit. This ported center channel has more speakers to project more found at lower amplifier volumes.
It can also do more of the heavy lifting, especially, against larger front and side channels. Dialog is presented with more depth, like that coming from modern sound bars, which typically do center great, but not as well on the surround.
You will need to return your system setup, after the install, which is plug-and-play.
This is the best sounding center I have heard. This in combination with XT15 bookshelfs in a 5. 1 and a little equalization often makes me pause whatever I am watching to make sure what I am hearing is being played over my speakers.
These are by far the best sounding speakers for the money on the market.
Experience extreme audio performance with this Klipsch Reference Premier speaker. Featuring four 5. 25-inch woofers with cerametallic cones and rear-firing Tractrix ports, this speaker produces clear, resonant bass at frequencies as low as 58Hz.
This Klipsch Reference Premier speaker handles a peak of 600W with a sensitivity of 97d B for powerful audio that brings down the house. Handles up to 600W peak power (150W continuous) For robust and controlled audio that is crisp and clear.
Four 5-1/4″ cerametallic woofers Along with 1″ titanium tweeter for a complete range of sounds. 3-way speaker system Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources. Vinyl finish Offers a stylish look to complement your existing décor.
Removable grille Remains acoustically transparent while protecting the speaker’s components. Bass reflex enclosure With a rear-firing port promotes optimal performance. 58Hz – 25k Hz frequency response Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
8 ohms nominal impedance Ensures efficient conduction of power through the speaker.
Absolutely love it!! The Klipsch RP504C is a fantastic center speaker, powerful and sounds amazing!! You will never not be able to hear dialog from a movie again, clean and clear as it should be! Questioning buying an open box product? Don’t be.
This was in mint condition! Will not be the last time I buy from this company, got my eyes on some Klipsch RP-8000F towers now! My system is sounding better than ever!! (and yes, since purchasing this, have just got my RP-8000F speakers which I also got through Safe And Sound!!).
I bought this speaker for my home theater when I upgraded from 2. 1 to 5. 1 setup. at first I was hesitant with the price tag that comes with it however it is by far the best investment I have made in my setup.
there have been times where I am watching a movie and a doorbell would ring and door open and I was legitimately concerned that someone just let themselves into my home. This speaker adds a whole other dimension to watching movies and gaming.
voices are always clear and crisp no matter what the scene is.
Our exclusive Tractrix horn technology delivers the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience with the cleanest, most natural sound possible. The exclusive Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performances.
Kapton is an extremely light and rigid material used in the tweeter suspension to provide high efficiency and improve resolution and detail. LTS tweeters are a hallmark of Klipsch speakers, making it a core component of some of the best speakers in the world.
Injection Molded Graphite (IMG) woofer cones are exceptionally light while being extremely rigid – providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion. When paired with the Tractrix Horn-loaded LTS tweeter, it provides speaker efficiency highest in its class.
Exposed fasteners and low profile magnetic grilles give the speakers a polished, modern appearance. Stylish aesthetic with absolute durability that results in a seamless integration into any decor. Reinforced MDF construction reduces cabinet vibration for less audible coloration and improved sonic accuracy.
This speaker has good highs and midrange. Dialogue is very clear. Efficiency is good. Lows could be better. Male voices with a lot of lows sound somewhat hollow compared to my large floor standing main speakers.
It is better than other center channel speakers of comparable size, but I returned it and got a larger Klipsch RP-504C with better lows. It probably would match up better with smaller bookshelf main speakers.
As a Klipsch owner for most of my life, I love their characteristic sound and nothing else in the price range can really compare. I have a decent set of the Andrew Jones designed Pioneer F52’s and the matching center channel.
On a super cheap budget those are hard to beat. But when the time comes to take your sound to the next level, this ‘entry level’ Reference line from Klipsch are worlds apart. It’s not that the Pioneer are bad, it’s that the Klipsch are that much better.
Great for home theater, crisp clear dialog, everything you expect from a good center channel. It’s even relatively musical. It is a sealed box enclosure which tightens up the bass response at the expense of hitting ultimate low end.
Plan on running a larger set of main speakers or a sub in order to get any meaningful bass from your system. This speaker is not designed to produce bass, and it doesn’t. Regardless, they look great, sound better, and it’s just a very hard line of speakers to ignore.
Firstly, I am a far way from being audiophile by any means, but I certainly can appreciate decent sound when I hear it. I should also caveat that this is my first time going with a true surround sound setup (upgrading from an old sound bar), but my goodness.
having a dedicated center speaker has made an incredibly huge difference on the audio experience. The voice is crystal clear and isn’t competing with the rest of the sound coming from the same speaker.
The Most Important Speaker in Surround SoundThe CS10 center, like its larger brother the CS20 sounds just as good but is a little smaller. It still has an angled top allowing you to invert the speaker and place it below your TV- directing sound towards the listening area.
CS10 works great with the TSi100, TSi200 and others.
I purchased this to pair with my Kef Q550 towers as I was on a budget and couldn’t get the matching Kef centre channel. I’ve previously owned a Klipsch centre channel, so I had an idea of what a good centre channel should sound like.
I was very surprised of how crisp the vocals are coming from this Polk speaker! Sounds excellent and pairs extremely well with my towers and Sony AV receiver. Definitely recommended if on a budget. The speaker can be flipped upside down to create an upwards angle towards the listeners ears depending on placement.
Bought this partially due to the price, and partially due to the multiple reviews praising its performance both here and from what I was able to Google. After installing it, I have to say, I have absolutely NOT been disappointed.
While the unit itself is a bit on the large side, the sound that it produces is crisp and clear. The Center Channel is used primarily for dialog rather than sound effects and even with the other 4 speakers going and the sub woofer pumping bass, I’ve had no issues with dialog in any content being played (Blu-Ray/4K Disc/Netflix/PS4 Games) Installation was simple and took literally 3-4 minutes and this is coming from someone who had little knowledge on speaker setup.
Would definitely recommend this product as the price point is hard to match for the value you’ll receive. The only negative would be that its fairly large. If your entertainment unit can accommodate it, you’re already a step ahead.
The T30 is the center channel speaker that puts its overpriced competitors to shame. Since the center channel is the most important speaker in your home audio system, the T30 is the workhorse that delivers crystal-clear dialog and room-filling theater sound.
Put the T30 center channel to the test and you’ll hear how it rings true – in price and quality.
I purchased this center channel speaker for a 3. 1 system for my home theater system and am truly amazed at the sound quality. I paired it with Polk Audio T50 Floor speakers and a Polk Audio PSW10 sub-woofer and a Yamaha RX-V 373 receiver.
The sound is amazing with no distortion event at high volumes. I highly recommend this combination if you are on a budget, but demand great sound. The quality and finish are what you expect from Polk’s more expensive lines.
Matched up with my other Polk speakers, this 30 is perfect for your surround system. Size it as small and push the bass out to your other speakers. This will give you great vocals and mids. It looks great, is great quality and will do what you want it to do.
This speaker. what can I say but. IT’S ALL SOME. Sorry!!! The sound has improved , now have the front stage of the “T” series and it’s great !!!. You have to here it. Recommend getting “T” series by polk audio.
Just a quick little review… I had purchased this Sony center channel once before a few years ago for my a/v home theater system. I just loved the volume and sound it gave. When I updated to a new a/v home theater, I wanted new speakers to go with it (and moved the old system to my bedroom).
It was a choice between the Sony and Polk. The Polk and Sony speakers were on sale, same prices. Listening to the demos in the store, to me, the Sony speakers sounded better. They got louder and had more bass to them.
They are also 2 way speakers. The Polk speakers aren’t 2 way and they didn’t seem to be as loud. Since I was already familiar with this Sony center channel, it was an easy choice. Wish I’d bought another whole set while it was on sale.
I purchased the full range of Core Series speakers for my new surround setup and out of all of them, this is the weakest piece. Knowing this is where 80% of your dialogue will come from, it would have made sense for Sony to make this the best of the bunch, but they didn’t.
Honestly, this is the only speaker that’s sounds excessively tinny and tends to muffle voices when paired with the Sony Movie presets. If you’re smart, you’ll buy the rest of the CS Series of speakers, skip this, and get something like the Klipsch center channel.
Ultra Center Speaker Reference 3-way Ultra Center speaker anchors the front stage of a home theater with stunning dynamics, massive soundstage and pristine clarity for unerring realism and dialogue intelligibility.
The 3-way design with 1-inch dome tweeter, 4-inch vertically-aligned midrange driver and dual 6. 5-inch woofers produces outstanding dispersion characteristics for accurate frequency response at all listening positions.
The reference 3-way SVS Ultra Center channel speaker reproduces the most demanding movie and music content with depth, clarity and vigor, while serving as the main soundstage anchor and critical sonic bridge between the front left and right speakers in a surround sound home theater.
Amazingly detailed and revealing of the finest nuance and textures with excellent low frequency extension, the SVS Ultra Center combines power and precision to outperform much larger and more expensive center channel speakers.
Built without compromise, the SVS Ultra Center speaker features a painstakingly tuned SoundMatch three-way crossover with dual 6. 5-inch glass fiber composite woofers and a vertically aligned 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and 4-inch midrange driver.
From the acoustically enhanced cabinet geometry to the high-end components and build quality, the Ultra Center is a star among home theater speakers.
I Had an older Definitive technology CLR 2500 center channel speaker which I bought used back in 2008/2009 which I think is a LARGE center. I started to get some resonating vibration out of it a while back and finally decided to change it out for a SVS Ultra center channel.
I wanted a larger center channel and not a small dainty little thing as I do enjoy turning up the volume ! The good looks of the Ultra center is what attracted me first and also the price is not bad for a center of this size and quality.
I was worried that the new Ultra would not have the bass that the CLR 2500 had because it had a built in powered sub woofer! Yes the Ultra did not have some of the bass, but I did not expect it to have the same amount.
What I did find though is that it was very clear and detailed and of course NO vibration/resonance etc. Which was VERY important to me. Next I will change out my Definitive tech BP6 mini towers to the Ultra Bookshelf’s with 24” stands and add a SB4000 sub woofer.
I love the clean lines and black gloss of the ULTRA series speakers! The center sounds great and cant wait to finish my upgrade ! Curtis.
I replaced a Control 4 Triad center with the SVS. Triad was dull and a bit puny i thought so I began looking for a new center. Looked at Martin Logan, Klipsch, KEF, and a few others. Price wise the SVS stood out compared to the others especially when comparing specs.
I was not able to audition all that I looked at, obviously including the SVS, but since I have 2 SVS Ultra16 subs that I’m thrilled with I thought the center would probably be fine. Fine is sort of understatement.
It made a huge improvement for movies and dialogue was practically busting out from it. My mains are Martin Logan ESL 12, and they match quite nicely. The Logans are clear and semi-bright, and the SVS blended in nicely.
No room correction done yet. Totally happy. The only drawback is it is considerably larger than the Triad it replaced and weighs in at 31lbs, but based on the sound I cant complain. I hope my fireplace mantel will hold up knowing how it was probably installed.
Built to bring the big surround sound theatre and music experience into the comfort of your living room, the Polk Audio S30 Signature Series Center Black continues in the Polk tradition of American HiFi.
Whether upgrading your home theatre setup with an advanced Atmos configuration or enjoying music, Dynamic Balance ensures a rich, clean, full-range sound no matter what you‚Äôre listening to. This patented technology analyzes the speaker‚Äôs entire electro-acoustic and mechanical system for improved material selection and more efficient geometry.
Our newly designed Terylene dome tweeter features curvilinear formers that extend response and lower resonance. Its powerful ceramic motor structure also lowers system resonance and extend low-frequency response for better dispersion in the critical midrange, delivering clear and detailed high-frequency response for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments.
Certified and capable of delivering 40kHz to support the latest high-resolution audio files so it feels like you‚Äôre right there in the studio or concert hall. Power Port¬Æ is our patented design that smoothly transitions the airflow from the speaker‚Äôs port into your listening area.
It also extends the overall bass port, providing a greater surface area to eliminate turbulence and distortion, for bigger, more musical, deep bass impact. Plus, it offers 3dB more bass response output than a traditional port.
Featuring Hi-Res certification, a new Dynamic Balance designed acoustic array, precision cross-overs, an anti-diffraction grille, modern cabinet styling and exclusive Power Port bass enhancing technology, you get elevated sound for movies, TV and music in a totally re-imagined design.
Crafted to suit all your audio needs, the Signature Series will fit into your home and deliver great sound for years to come.
Enjoy enhanced dialogue from your favorite movies and TV shows with your amplifier and the black JBL Stage Series A135C Two-Way Center-Channel Speaker. It features a 1″ aluminum-dome tweeter and six 3″ polycellulose woofers, and accepts 20 to 150W of power from your amplifier.
The side-firing, bass-reflex ports help enhance the low frequency response. As a center channel, when integrated with the rest of your home theater system, it will produce primarily on-screen dialogue rather than the sound effects coming from the rest of your speakers.
I bought these speakers to use as monitors for my computer and also to stream music with whilst working. They are connected to a Tangent Ampster BT II amplifier in a small room. When listening to music they sound really good, with a good sound stage and decent bass.
I can easily tell the difference between playing CDs vs streaming from Amazon music (flacs sound much better: more weight and dynamic range). All in all I am very pleased with the purchase and think they are good value!.
The directions for using the binding posts as provided in the included owner’s manual are not possible for using banana plugs. The plastic nut cannot be removed from the post and yet the directions have this removal as the 1st step before removing the plastic plug that blocks the banana jack’s socket.
It is possible using a knife edge to remove the plastic plug without removing the plastic nut. The manual does not inspire great confidence.
Bring pure, natural sound to your home theater with the walnut Reference Premiere RP-500C 2-Way Center-Channel Speaker from Klipsch. Featuring a 1″ titanium LTS vented tweeter paired with a hybrid Tractrix horn and two 5.
25″ spun copper Cerametallic woofers, this center-channel speaker delivers a frequency response of 60 Hz to 25 kHz. It can handle up to 100W of continuous power from your amplifier of choice. IN THE BOX: 1 x Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-500C 2-Way Center-Channel Speaker (Single, Walnut) 4 x Rubber Feet 1 x Limited 5-Year Warranty.
I recently pulled the trigger on this during a sale to make an addition to my surround which is a hodgepodge of equipment I have had given to me or found online used. My old center channel speaker was mushy sounding and very noticeable after I had upgraded to some nicer floor standing speakers.
This is the only Klipsch/horn speaker in my setup but what it brings to the table for vocals and sound stage is amazing for what I am working with. I have heard people say that horns are harsh, but this leaves me thinking that I need to hear a full set of horns for myself.
Much like taste, it differs person to person. The highs and mids that this brings to the table enhances live performances to me which is what I enjoy the most. Great for movies and it adds a new layer.
I recently had some people over for a gathering and noticed some walking up and checking it. It is larger than I expected but I really did not pay attention to the dimensions when ordering. It blocks the lower part of the tv but to be honest, I rather have better audio than viewing the lower part of the TV.
Most movies are Letterbox, so it does not really matter to me. I’m sure I can get a riser or something to fix it. One day I would love to hear the Cornwalls but due to where I live, I doubt I’ll be able to.
Hifi audio stores are few and far between in Kentucky. So feel free to send me some free Klipsch. :).
Bought this center channel recently to replace an aging Infinity center channel speaker. I could barely hear the conversations on tv and the movies I watched. This Klipsch center channel sounds awesome.
Dialogue is loud clear and powerful— a vast improvement over the Infinity. Don’t hesitate to buy it!.
I’ve been watching this speaker for awhile now. Waiting for the black version to get back in stock. When BOOM big sale on the walnut color. How could I say no?! So glad I did though. Couldn’t be happier with the quality.
Yamaha’s NS-C444 center channel speaker system has been designed specifically for home theater applications. The speaker is an acoustic suspension design and incorporates dual 5″ Polymer-Injected Mica Diaphragm (PMD) cone woofers and a 1″ aluminum dome tweeter.
For improved imaging, the tweeter utilizes Yamaha’s exclusive waveguide horn.
I bought this for the usual reasons- inbuilt TV speakers were inadequate, and dialogue through the AVR lacked clarity. hooked this up and massively improved the audio for both music and movies. This centre speaker pushes out smooth and full bass easily, while also nailing the frequencies important for vocals/dialogue.
and adds a subtle sparkle to things too. (BTW, CHT’s shipping was exemplary- interstate and fast!).
I m using a complete set of speaker package NS-777, NS-333, NS-C444 and NS-SW300 with Aventage 1030. Believe me these speakers will rock with bass even if you dont have subwoofer. i was not hesitating to buy these speakers as because of its review but believe me all reviews are hoax about the speakers.
But it was my Luck to have these. These package have detailed sound. I took the bass at -6 but i still found the bass from front speakers. Then i set the tower speaker at -10 and found that the bass was coming from the center.
i really shocked that what a center is it that produce bass like the front speakers are doing that. I really love these package and previously i was using NS-P150, NS-F150 and NS-SW300. I now realized that Yamaha is the best brand that i have chosen.
My next purchased would be SOAVO. Don’t judge these speakers on reviews. and the Center is really big center not the small one.
I’m a Yamaha fan so I may be biased. It looks and feels very good quality as all Yamaha products do. The sound is clear and balanced. Using my Yamaha mic optimiser the speaker has been set up and sounds great.
Focal Chora Centre Speaker is the heart of your home cinema system. Part of the Chora range from Focal, this speaker incorporates exclusive driver technologies to reproduce voices and dialogue with perfect clarity.
At The Heart of The Dialogue For surround systems, a centre speaker is instrumental to the performance of your movies and audio. It ensures the dialogue and vocals are reproduced with great detail and clarity.
With the Chora centre speaker, each whisper, whistle or weeping voice is heard with amazing clarity and detail, placing the sounds literally in the centre of your home cinema and evoking great emotion.
Exclusive Focal Drivers Incorporated in all the Chora series loudspeakers is Focal’s exclusive Aluminium/Magnesium alloy TNF tweeter. Crafted in their French workshops, this tweeter offers amazing harmony, precision and sound spatialisation.
The unique slatefibre cone not only offers a stunning aesthetic, but is a star in sustainable audio engineering as it is constructed using ultra-lightweight recyclable non-woven carbon fibres, combined with thermoplastic for an incredible acoustic performance.
Superb Sound Imaging The Focal Chora Centre speaker come with a tilting base means the speaker can be angled carefully to direct the sound optimally for superb sound imaging. Alongside this, the additional Chora Centre stand means you can mount your speaker freely, adding an extra option to placing under your TV.
Many moons ago, I owned a pair of the Chorus 816 tower speakers from Focal. I remember how much detail I heard but never fatiguing. Many times, I wished I never let those go. I was reluctant to go with these because I didn’t want black this time, and I wasn’t”t really crazy about the other two color options, especially because the fronts of the dark wood version looked so blue in a lot of pictures.
I ended up with these. I will say they have a slight blue tint to them, but really look like gray in person. I am replacing a pair of Martin Logan Motion 20’s which were pretty decent for their size.
The Logan’s have a much nicer cabinet finish(rosewood), but when you sit back and think how much of your dollars spent went into the cabinet vs, the quality of sound you get with the Chora 826, it’s a good sacrifice.
My fiancé, who usually doesn’t notice details I tell her when I’m nerding out about fidelity, said “these kick arse”! Mind you, I have less than ten hours on them so far. I cannot wait to get to the 100hrs of run in time Focal recommends.
We bought these as an upgrade to our B&W P5 speakers because we wanted dolby atmos and a centre speaker that matched the set. We bought the Chora centre and this too is an excellent speaker. We were advised Geoff at Richer Sounds Sheffield that things sound much better if they are all matched and matched from the same series.
We followed his advice and bought the Focal Chora 826d speakers and the centre. Can’t fault Geoff’s advice at all. Once we had them installed Geoff said he would come out to our home and do a check on everything.
His expertise tweaked the setup and the sound to that it is perfect for our room. We can’t fault the speakers, Richer Sounds as a company and Geoff for his expert help and advice.
I purchased the Focal Chora 826 speakers from Moon Audio about a month ago. They arrived within a few days of the order. While the box was a little scuffed up, everything inside was fine. Focal does a great job packing the items.
It’s also nice that the box opens from the side. It makes it easier to unpack. One thing to note with the set-up of the speakers is the caps on the binding posts. If you’re going to use banana plugs, you must remove the caps.
It is not easy. Just be patient and don’t force it too much. I used a small screwdriver to remove the caps. I bought the dark wood speakers. While the light wood may have fit in with my furniture a little better, I couldn’t resist the gray front.
The pictures of the speakers on the website are accurate as far as the color. They look good with the grilles on or off , especially since the slate-colored drivers look pretty cool. I should also note that the speakers are not as big as the dimensions given.
I assume that they are using the measurements of the base when providing the length and width. My equipment is almost all new so I waited awhile before reviewing. Equipment includes – Amplifier – Rotel RA-1570 CD Player – Marantz CD6007 Music Streamer – Bluesound Node 2i Subwoofer – SVS SB-2000 Pro After unpacking the speakers and setting them up, I did not do an A/B test comparing them to my old speakers.
Right out of the box, the Focals sounded so much better. With a little sadness, I boxed up the old speakers and put them away. As far as the sound goes, the speakers have a balanced sound. The bass is strong, without being too strong or dominating.
Mid-range is very accurate and treble is crisp and clear. One note on the treble, though. My initial positioning of the speakers resulted in the highs, particularly cymbals, being way too forward or overemphasized.
Moving them about a foot closer together and outward from the wall solved this problem. The treble now seems much more balanced. I read other reviews that noted the forward sound of the treble, but I think this all depends on positioning.
I now have them toed-in and pointing directly at my seating area. Vocals sound as they should. Everyone knows what the human voice should sound like, so I consider vocals a good measurement of the accuracy of a speaker.
Acoustic music also sounds great. You can hear the sliding of fingers on a guitar and the buzz of the strings hitting a fret. The speakers sound good even at low volumes. You don’t need to crank these to get sound that fills the room and still provides a little punch at lower decibel levels.
I am very happy with the purchase. For the price, these are great speakers. I’m sure I’ll be enjoying these speakers for years to come.
If you’re looking for a great center channel speaker under $1000, we highly recommend the Polk Audio RTiA3. It’s a great sounding speaker with a wide frequency response, and it’s very well-built and designed.
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