Stick with Goldenear, having a timbre matched set of speakers for spatial audio is critical! If you are having issues with vocal intelligibility it could be the calibration or room acoustics. I'd suspect setup rather than equipment personally,
8 responses Add your response
I'm using a KEF R600C with a pair of Reference 107/2s, but that's beside the point. Timbre matching of LCR is crucial. Or you could try a phantom center by setting the menu of your 8802A to no center speaker. If you sit near the apex of a triangle with the LR speakers a phantom center may be a good choice, better than timbre mismatch.
This will sound like heresy to most, but I gave up on the center channel years ago. I like a lot of older movies, and got tired of having the sound only come from the center speaker. Now everything in mono is coming from the right/left and sounds great to me. And the talking is easier to understand. Just my opinion, but it's not written in stone that a center channel must be used. Try it for yourself.
No center only really works ok if 1) your processor supports a phantom center and 2) if your sitting pretty much directly centered. Otherwise your guests are getting the short end of the audio stick...
back to the op:. I just "side graded" my old Martin Logan Ascents/Logos center to a trio of Gallo Strada 2's and a pair of Gallo TR-3D subs and couldn't be happier. (A request was made of me, to reduce the speaker footprint from the ML monoliths to something smaller) The Logos was "kinda" timbre "close" to the Ascents, but nothing is better then three perfectly matched fronts. Awesome.
LM-1C DIY Speaker.
Extremely clear, matches my much more expensive side speakers superbly. Very flat response. Tweeter is very highly thought of, woofer or it’s variants is being used in several boutique speakers. Listener needs to be between tweeter and woofers for best sound. Compared to a lot of audiophile speakers it may be too flat and maybe even a little dark, but perfect for movie and dialogue.
The design is free (as in beer), parts available from various sources. I have no financial interest in whether you build one or not. :)