A real center speaker reproducing a discrete center signal is superior. It is that simple.
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Thanks, Kr4 (Kal). I'll take your advice and keep the center channel intact. Dip at KEF recommended the R600C for use with the 107/2s. I was skeptical, but it seems to be a good choice. There was a noticeable mismatch with the old KEF 200C, but the sound stage is seamless with the R600C. I suspect KEF has done a lot of development of the Uni-Q. The Uni-Q of the R600C looks similar to that of my LS50s.
Am i getting the full audio from a Bluray movie if i hook up
1) the Oppo 83 analog outputs LF and RF to the analog stereo inputs on my 2-ch preamp/DAC...and
2) the C center channel output to a powered speaker centrally located?
or would I be missing needed sounds to get meaningful film audio ( i don't care about SR, SL and subwoofer)
You should check the Oppo specifications for output voltage and impedance to assure they're suitable for your powered speaker; if the impedance ratio and voltage levels are appropriate, it should work.
Some would argue that a meaningful film experience requires SR, SL, and SW, but it really depends on the film.
I've been so impressed with the KEF LS50s in our living room, I've decided to use LS50s for LCR in the media room, with KEF R100s for side and rear surrounds -- square edges better for wall mounts. In the living room, the LS50s are crossed at 80 Hz to a pair of Velodyne HGS-10s with an SMS-1 bass manager; in the media room it's HGS-15s and SMS-1.