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    Default center speaker to match SDA2a fronts

    any suggestions here on what center channel speaker will timber match my SDA2a's? thanks!

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    I used a CS400i with those for a while and it didn't sound terrible, although it didn't exactly match either. Probably the best you are going to do in a compact speaker is a Monitor 5 with SL2000 tweeter or a SDA-CRS+.

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    CS350LS is a decent match.

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    Yep, as suggested, if you need an actual "center" speaker, the cs350ls and cs400i are usually recommnded; however, if you can use a vintage speaker with the same tweeter (sl2000), like a Monitor series speaker, that will be the best match. I recommend using the largest Monitor that you can fit in your space... a 10B would be sweet! As would a 7C or a 5B.

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's


    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaygax View Post
    any suggestions here on what center channel speaker will timber match my SDA2a's? thanks!
    If your carpentry skills are good, you can do what I did, and build your own with vintage Monitor parts. I used a Monitor 10 crossover, woofers, Monitor 5 small PRs, and TL'd it to match my 2ATLs.
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL
    Center: Custom
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, H-Nuts, BH5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-350, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer

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    I'm just digging the sounds coming off my 1B's, I doubt I'll ever add a center, but I guess that has to be personal taste?? Good luck with the search and nowhere better to be guided then here!
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