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    Center Speaker Review
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    The center speaker plays the lyrics of a song or the main dialogue of a film. Getting a high-quality center channel speaker will drastically improve your home theater system.

    Features
    System Design
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    2-way
    Tweeter Size
    1 x 1.1-inch
    1 x 1-inch
    1 x 1-inch
    1 x 1-inch
    1 x 0.75-inch
    1 x 1-inch
    1 x 0.75-inch
    1 x 0.75-inch
    1 x 0.75-inch
    Midrange Size
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    2 x 5.25-inch
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    2 x 2.5-inch
    Woofer Size
    4 x 2.5-inch
    2 x 5.25-inch
    2 x 5-inch
    N/A
    2 x 6.5-inch
    2 x 4.5-inch
    2 x 5.25-inch
    2 x 4-inch
    N/A
    Recommended Amplifier Power
    40-120 watts
    20-125 watts
    100-250 watts
    20-180 watts
    10-175 watts
    10-200 watts
    10-150 watts
    50-200 watts
    20-125 watts
    Magnetic Shielding
     
    Dimensions
    Height (inches)
    3.7
    6.5
    7.5
    6.9
    7.7
    5
    7.6
    6
    3.8
    Width (inches)
    17.3
    20
    20.25
    20
    20
    14.75
    18
    16
    9.4
    Depth (inches)
    4.9
    9.75
    8.4
    8.75
    10
    5
    9.6
    5.25
    3.75
    Weight (pounds)
    6.4
    16
    16.1
    15.5
    25
    6
    17.6
    8
    3.7
    Performance
    Frequency Response
    90Hz~45kHz
    53Hz~25kHz
    55Hz~35kHz
    55Hz~27kHz
    38Hz~20kHz
    47Hz~30kHz
    80Hz~20kHz
    100Hz~23kHz
    95Hz~24kHz
    Nominal Impedance
    6 ohms
    8 ohms
    6 ohms
    8 ohms
    8 ohms
    8 ohms
    8 ohms
    8 ohms
    8 ohms
    Sensitivity
    90dB
    91dB
    89dB
    89dB
    90dB
    90dB
    90dB
    93.5dB
    89dB
    Crossover Frequency
    6000Hz
    2500Hz
    3000Hz
    Not Specified
    3500Hz
    Not Specified
    3000Hz
    3000Hz
    Not Specified
    Help & Support
    Warranty
    2 Years
    5 Years
    2 Years
    5 Years
    7 Years
    5 Years
    5 Years
    5 Years
    5 Years
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    FAQs Page
     
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    Center Speaker Review

    Not all speakers in a home theater system are created equally. The center speaker is the most important element of a surround sound system. This center speaker is responsible for all of the main dialogue in a movie or TV show. It also is the unit responsible for playing the lyrics of a song. A weak center channel speaker can cause an imbalance between spoken lines, sound effects and music.

    We reviewed some of the best center speakers available today and have made a side-by-side comparison you can quickly reference. You'll also be able to read detailed reviews of each one of the products, along with articles relating to center channel audio.

    Examining the Center Channel Speaker

    When Dolby Pro Logic first used a center channel speaker for home theater surround sound in the mid-1980s, the design was big and bulky and they were limited in their frequency range. Today's center speakers are held to a much higher standard. As we evaluated each product in this review we used the following criteria to rate them:

    Features
    This section evaluates how well the center speakers are built. The size, construction and number of drivers directly affect the amount of sound a speaker can pump into a room. We listed which of the models only used tweeters and woofers, as well as those that included a midrange driver. We also looked at how much power the system can handle and if it was protected by magnetic shielding.

    Dimensions
    Loudspeakers today don't need to be large in size to produce big sound. Advances in technology have made center channel speakers more compact, so they can be placed on top of an entertainment center or mounted on the wall. In this area we made sure that the units weren't too large or too heavy.

    Performance
    A sleek and small design doesn't mean anything if the center speaker can't give crisp, clear sound. This section evaluated how much sound could be produced by the speakers. While most of the lower notes will be done by the subwoofer, the center channel speaker still needs to have a wide range of frequencies, including the high notes. We also noted the nominal impedance and the crossover frequency.

    Help & Support
    Any electronic equipment needs a good support system. If any questions or issues arise, consumers need to be able to contact customer support or find additional information on the company's site. Even something as simple as center channel audio may need some troubleshooting. This section informs you as to what help is offered by the manufacturer of each product.

    Using the aforementioned criteria, we found the Yamaha NS-C310, the Infinity Primus PC350 and the Polk Audio TSi CS10 to be the best center speakers available. Each one of these center channel speakers features a wide range of audio frequencies, an excellent support system and a sturdy design. Any of these products will be sure to enrich your home theater experience.