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If you are looking to add an awesome center channel for your system I have a Thiel MCS1 which uses the same midrange/tweeter as you CS 2.3. In a home theater environment the most important speaker is the center since close to 70% of the sound in movies comes from the center so you really shouldn't skimp. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Welcome to the consolidation world. For the last few years it is exactly what I try to do. The Big question is how to put together whithout big compromise in sound Music/Home Theater all around system? Reasonably. I had a modest system with Apogee Major as a front speakers run by Adcom GFA-565 monoblocks, 565 preamp, CAL-15 changer. I new I could not afford everything new, so my solution was to find mostly used but better equipment. For Center channel - Apogee monitor and for suround - Apogee Minors, run by Marantz monoblocks (about 1.5K). I bought Fosgate 3A and Elite-79 LV for about 1/3 of new price. and I was in business. Now I added Technics AC-3/DTS processor ans DVD Player I almost completed the task. So I think, speakers should be the same brand and Tiel has it, you can get THX Dolby Prologic processor like Lexicon, Fosgate or other for 1/5 of original price (which also could be used as preamp for music only and add on AC-3/DTS processor (for may by $800 - $900 total), used 3 Ch. amp (better mono blocks, and use new generation DVD Changers with Dac for CD/DVD. Evelyn
Just can't agree Evelyn (Sharp 2451). So many people say you should be able to get stuff you just can't find. Show me where you can find a Lexicon that does AC-3, DD, THX and DTS for $800! Those units run $4k-$6k new and I've not seen a single one for less than $2k (and usually they're more like upper 2's to 3). Peter, I've been trying to upgrade my HT whilst keeping high quality, and even with used stuff it's tough to do without spending LOTS of cash. Nowadays, you've gotta have at least DD and DTS (and some could argue THX) and for a good quality processor, that'll cost you bucks. Amps could be cheaper, and as you suggested, I'd spend the biggest bucks on either two monoblocks or a stereo amp. The 3-ch amp doesn't have to be so hot. I know, I know, some will argue it's very important, because 70% of the sound comes from the center channel, but truthfully, if you have to skimp somewhere, skimp there first. I could write forever, but I'm frustrated and tired... good luck! -B
Consider this, add a powered subwoofer (REL, Monitor Audio, Bag End, etc.) and do nothing else. Approximate cost -- $1,000 to $1,500. The advantages of this setup is that your music system is not compromised. I have two video oriented systems. The big system has seven speaker plus twin subwoofer sound. It's very enjoyable. The smaller system is much simpler and has only a pair of Sony SM7 speakers (very good speakers, but not as good as your 2.3s). No subwoofers, no center or surround channels. It still sounds great. Surprisingly, I never miss the surround information. The primary use of a center channel is to anchor the dialog to the screen for off center axis viewers. Alot of setups don't need this. To summarize, a high quality two channel system is far preferably to a half-assed five channel setup.