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Old 10-20-2016, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default KEF Q200C vs Polk CS10

I have the KEF Q200 as a center speaker for my Yamaha 1020.

Was just doing a bit of browsing on the internet and I noticed people raving on about the Polk CS10, the clarity and value for money (you can get one for approx $99 vs $399 for the KEF).

One of the positive features people highlighted was the cinema like dialogue - while I don't generally have any issues with the clarity of my KEF, I sometimes do get the feel of a "boxy" dialogue as opposed to a natural cinema like sound. It's not an issue with the placement of the sound but just the perception.

I have tried all ypao settings and 'through' sounds best both in terms of clarity and punchiness. Though still suffers from "box speech"

Anyone have experience of both speakers? Which one sounds more cinema like? Thanks
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:59 PM   #2
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I have the KEF Q200 as a center speaker for my Yamaha 1020.

Was just doing a bit of browsing on the internet and I noticed people raving on about the Polk CS10, the clarity and value for money (you can get one for approx $99 vs $399 for the KEF).

One of the positive features people highlighted was the cinema like dialogue - while I don't generally have any issues with the clarity of my KEF, I sometimes do get the feel of a "boxy" dialogue as opposed to a natural cinema like sound. It's not an issue with the placement of the sound but just the perception.

I have tried all ypao settings and 'through' sounds best both in terms of clarity and punchiness. Though still suffers from "box speech"

Anyone have experience of both speakers? Which one sounds more cinema like? Thanks
I have the KEF Q600 center, Q300's L/R mains & the Yammie 3010. No complaints here, dialogue is spot on without missing a beat. You don't mention your L/R mains or how it's set up.
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I have a CS10 on my bar set-up. It's kind of a "smaller" speaker. It can be outclassed by your mains. If your mains are too big, the CS10's weaknesses will be very apparent.

I would lean towards buying a stronger center channel speaker. A CS10 would be suitable if you had bookshelf speakers for your mains and a relatively low to mid/low powered receiver running them.
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I have a CS10 on my bar set-up. It's kind of a "smaller" speaker. It can be outclassed by your mains. If your mains are too big, the CS10's weaknesses will be very apparent.

I would lean towards buying a stronger center channel speaker. A CS10 would be suitable if you had bookshelf speakers for your mains and a relatively low to mid/low powered receiver running them.
Agree 100%. I too have the Polk CS10 Center along with the Polk RTi 12s as my mains, and yes they overpower the center in a big way.
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