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    Default Recommendations? Need center for Monitor 12's

    Hi. I have been a happy owner of Monitor 12's since the early 80's. Currently they reside in the entertainment room mostly used to provide the audio for movies. They sound great, even after all these years.

    I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for the best center channel speaker to accompany them. I expect that we will stick with a 2.1 system. I've read that the center is very useful for movies, etc. as it's the primary sound source for much of the presentation.

    If you have any questions that may help you with your answer, please ask away.

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    WELCOME to CLUB POLK....just a thought. How about a Monitor 5 or Monitor 7 for timbre match. Sure others will chime in
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    Welcome aboard! I really have no recommendations other than a Monitor 7 or 10. But then again it would be a shame to split one up for just a center channel. If you were running 6.1 it would be another story though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Welcome aboard! I really have no recommendations other than a Monitor 7 or 10. But then again it would be a shame to split one up for just a center channel. If you were running 6.1 it would be another story though.
    Why split them up?

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    ^ I take back what I said! Nice setup there....
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    [QUOTE=Nightfall;1963181]Why split them up?

    So - did you just connect both of them to the center channel?

    Or has anyone tried any of the center channel speakers that Polk has on the market now? Or are they enough different that they'd be difficult to listen to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrdorst View Post
    So - did you just connect both of them to the center channel?

    Or has anyone tried any of the center channel speakers that Polk has on the market now? Or are they enough different that they'd be difficult to listen to?
    Yes. You can either wire them in parallel, doubling the impedance, or you can wire them in series, halving the impedance.

    If you're against using vintage monitors as a center, it's a general consensus that the CS400 or CS400i are a decent timber match to vintage Polks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfall View Post
    Yes. You can either wire them in parallel, doubling the impedance, or you can wire them in series, halving the impedance.

    If you're against using vintage monitors as a center, it's a general consensus that the CS400 or CS400i are a decent timber match to vintage Polks.
    Thanks for the info. Not necessarily against using them - it does seem a bit excessive, though as they are amazing speakers. It's mostly a space consideration. Thanks for the recommendation of the CS400 or CS400i. I'll take a listen to them.

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    Hey....you will get a lot of useful info here...I have been using a CSIA4 center and am quite happy with the performance! Look it up on the Polk Audio site...will run ya the specs and give ya visuals of the finishes ect!

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    How about a Monitor 5Jr? They are small, but use the same drivers, so should be a perfect match similar to the Monitor 7s posted above.

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    I run a pair of Monitor 4's as a center channel in my surround sound setup of Monitor 10's. The reason for my post is if you want to get an (old) amp/receiver that is specifically designed to handle "parallel" centers (it sounds as though you don't yet have a surround sound amp), look for an old Yamaha DSP 3090 (DD only) or A1 (adds DTS): I've used both with great results (see my sig).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrdorst View Post
    Thanks for the info. Not necessarily against using them - it does seem a bit excessive, though as they are amazing speakers. It's mostly a space consideration. Thanks for the recommendation of the CS400 or CS400i. I'll take a listen to them.
    CS350LS is a decent match as well.

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    [QUOTE=jrdorst;1963190]
    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfall View Post
    Why split them up?

    So - did you just connect both of them to the center channel?

    Or has anyone tried any of the center channel speakers that Polk has on the market now? Or are they enough different that they'd be difficult to listen to?
    It'll be awfully difficult to have a pair of 10's as center channel just because of their size and weight.
    I won't go over 5's if using a pair on the TV stand.

    If you can use them on the floor with TV mounted on the wall, then no problem but a pair of 10's as center is overkill.

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    You can always roll your own like I did:
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...hannel-Project
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL
    Center: Custom Built http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...hannel-Project
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...rround-Project
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    I used a recapped Series II Monitor 5JR as a center and was quite happy.
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    Rear: Currently not in service
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