Center Speaker Mathcing Trouble

default -- Mon, 11/16/2009 - 11:11

Hi all,
I recently purchased a pair of B&W 685 bookshelf speakers and am looking to add a center speaker. My problem is that the shelf my center speaker is on is only 11 inches deep. (this is the only possible spot to put the center speaker - if there were other options I wouldn't be asking). The smallest B&W center speaker in the 600 series is the HTM62 and it is 12.3 inches deep. My wife (and I can't say I blame her) refuses to have a center speaker that hangs over the shelf in our living room. I need to find a center speaker that will fit on the shelf and match the tonality of the B&W 685's. Any suggestions?

I've been looking at the polk tsi cs10, because of its size but am pretty much convinced the tonality will not match since polk and B&W have such different sounds. Is having the center speaker tonality match the L and R speakers really that important?
If I can't find a center to match I'm considering running 4.1 with a phantom center, but I'd really like to have a center speaker to anchor the sound stage. Please help. Thanks

Natas -- Thu, 11/19/2009 - 20:49

How deep are the 685's? Another one of those would be the best center channel since all three of the fronts would be the same.

lotusguy (not verified) -- Thu, 01/14/2010 - 15:46

The Infinity CC3 center channel will fit on that shelf (it is 7 3/4 inches deep) and it has voice-matching controls for mid and high frequencies. Although it is discontinued, you can find them on eBay, Craig's List, etc for around $125.

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