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The 5 Best Center Channel Speakers to Buy in 2019

I don’t think people really understand the importance of a center channel speaker both as a standalone speaker and as part of a home theatre system. Statistically speaking, the center speaker accounts for about 60% of movie soundtracks and just about the whole percentage of the dialogues. Which just goes to show why you should not take the decision of choosing the right center channel speaker lightly. It could be what’s standing between you and the ultimate movie viewing experience. And the good news is that we have made the selection process pretty easy for you. All you have to do is choose the best speaker from our list of the 5 recommended center channel speakers.

1. Klipsch R-25C

Our Rating: 10/10

  • Clear dialogues
  • Linear Travel Suspension tweeter
  • Tractrix Horn Technology
  • Excellent base
  • Not very good with SACD and DVD-Audio music

165 Reviews

Maximum Output: 400 Watt | Woofer: IMG woofer | Tweeter: Linear Travel Suspension Tweeter | Impedance: 8 ohm

Klipsch has once again done what they know to do best with the R-25C. A speaker that is guaranteed to fill your room with a rich sound with clear dialogues and a lifelike performance. The 1-inch aluminium linear travel suspension tweeter makes for an incredible execution of the high range frequencies. The Tractrix horn technology fused with the tweeter is also useful in preventing sound dispersion by minimizing floor and ceiling reflections for a sharper and clearer sound.

The dual 5.25-inch copper-spun high-output IMG woofers are perfectly balanced so that the bass does not overpower the mid-range. As a result, you can hang on to every word as you watch the new hot movie and enjoy every instrument sound in your favourite song. Several speakers claim to bring out the emotions in you with a beautiful sound but the Klipsch R-25 actually delivers on this. The dual 5-way binding posts at the rear of the R-25 will be useful in case you want to do some bi-wiring or bi-amping.

If you are looking for a great center channel speaker that will evoke some emotions with its glorious sound then I would recommend the Klipsch R-25. The way it effortlessly fuses the various frequency ranges to produce quality sound is incredible.

2. Micca MB42X-C

Our Rating: 9.6/10

  • Balanced sound
  • Smooth treble
  • Efficient crossover design
  • Compatibility with other types
  • Limited bass

2,651 Reviews

Maximum Output: 475 Watt | Woofer: Carbon Fibre Woofer | Tweeter: Silk Dome Tweeter | Impedance: 4 ohm

This is one of the best-priced center channel speakers. It features a woven carbon fibre woofer that has been balanced to produce well-defined bass. The 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter is perfectly suited to reproduce frequencies of 60Hz-20Hz resulting in a smooth treble.

The crossover design consisting of 9 elements has been perfectly optimized at 18dB for perfect distribution of sound resulting to an open, balanced and dynamic sound. Another highlight of the MB42X-C is the ability to blend in seamlessly in a home theatre thanks to the enhanced tonal balance. With an impedance of 4 ohms and 100 watts, you are guaranteed an outstanding audio quality with well-defined highs and lows.

What makes this speaker so great is its compactness and fair price. Thanks to its simple yet appealing black exterior design the Micca MB42X is certain to fit on any background.

3. Polk Audio CS10

Our Rating: 9.5/10

  • Neodymium reinforced tweeter
  • Great damping capabilities
  • MDF external enclosure
  • Angled cabinet
  • Life-like sound
  • Bass reflex port design
  • Maybe considered bulky by some

959 Reviews

Maximum Output: 125 Watt | Woofer: Bi-laminate Organic Fiber Woofer | Tweeter: Composite Dynamic Tweeter | Impedance: 8 ohm

Polk have proved again and again that they don’t mess around when it comes to speakers and the Polk Audio CS10 is a testament of that. The polymer composite dynamic tweeter is boosted with Neodymium magnets for perfect execution of the high frequencies. On either side of the tweeter is a 5-1/4 Bi-laminate composite dynamic drivers to take care of the middle and low frequencies.

The bass is more defined thanks to their lightweight and stiff structure and the sound will have minimal distortion thanks to their good damping capabilities. The external enclosure is completely made up of MDF material reinforced with ¾-inch thick baffles to ensure there is no sound echo. The result is a clean, clear and more life-like sound.

The housing cabinet has been purposefully created in an angled design to allow you to invert the speaker and place it under your TV so that sound is projected upward to perfectly reach you even in a standing position. The CS10 will work great even with more dated electronics and should be able to give you quality sound even when powered by an entry-level amplifier or receiver. Additionally, the bass reflex port design enables the speaker to utilize walls to give you a boosted bass.

The Polk Audio CS10 is quite versatile and will link up effortlessly with both Polk and other brands in a home theatre system. The two drivers and tweeter team up well to produce a clear midrange and solid high range that is pleasing to the ear.

4. Sony SSCS8

Our Rating: 9.5/10

  • Well defined dialogues
  • LMica-woofer diaphragm
  • Efficient crossover system
  • Mid-range could be better

72 Reviews

Maximum Output: 145 Watt | Woofer: Foamed Honeycomb Mica Woofer | Tweeter: Polyester Tweeter | Impedance: 6 ohm

Sony is no stranger in the electronic equipment departments. There are known to produce high-end products and now thanks to the Sony SSCS8 your music listening experience is going to be transformed. When you first plug in the speaker the first thing you will notice is how well articulated the instruments and dialogues are.

The wide dispersion tweeter will be highly efficient in reproducing high-frequency audios of up to 50Hz that still remain comfortable in your ears. Another defining feature of the Sony SSCS8 is the mica-woofer diaphragm that has been cleverly designed to produce great mid and high frequencies from the upper surface while the lower surface projects a boosted bass.

The components used in the assembly of the crossover system have been carefully selected and mounted directly to the cabinet to guarantee a minimum signal loss and achieve vibration isolation.

The SSCS8 will be a fairly good and simple speaker to complete your home theatre system. It is designed to go with the Sony core series but is still versatile enough to match with other types of speakers. As a center channel speaker, it will do a great job giving clarity and depth to your sound that is made even better by the pronounced bass.

5. Pioneer SP-C22

Our Rating: 9.1/10

  • Efficient crossover system
  • Andrew Jones-inspired
  • Great bass
  • A little boxy sounding

349 Reviews

Maximum Output: 90 Watt | Woofer: Structured Surface Woofer | Tweeter: Soft Dome Tweeter | Impedance: 8 ohm

Mention the name Andrew Jones to any audiophile and their eyes immediately light up. He is one person whose work can be summed up by one word, legendary, and the same applies for the Pioneer SP-C22 center channel speaker. It comes with two 4-inch woofers and a single soft dome tweeter that blend perfectly to produce a striking sound quality.

The crossover system is composed of 6 carefully selected elements that are responsible for sending the mid, low and high frequencies to the dedicated drivers in an efficient manner. The adaption of a curved cabinet design and further reinforcement of the drivers through a grill make for a sturdy speaker that is resonance free.

This is a loudspeaker that we can guarantee will impress you regardless of what you are listening to. Apart from getting excellent quality sound you also find comfort in knowing that the Pioneer SP-C22 a big brand name that has been masterminded by one of the biggest names in the industry.

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