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Old 02-22-2021, 02:26 AM
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Default Central channel for my Rockport !

Dear all,
I live in Italy.
Since 2017 I owned a pair of Rockport Avior. I’m absolutely fixed and happy with these wonderful pair of speakers for music, but since then I was looking for a central channel for my Rockport, because I’m using my stereo equipmemt also for audiovideo and multichannel music.
Unfortunately it won’t be possible to put another Avior in the center, because I need something smaller under my 65’ oled screen. I’m looking for something could respect the “personality” of my leading speakers.
I’m pleased to share my passion with Audioaficionado’s people and I like the way and respect between us.
Please if someone could give an hint...

Roberto
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:15 AM
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I would like to add some more particular to help people in the group to give me ideas and advices. I’ll appreciate for every contribution.
Some time ago, I spoke with Andy Payor (Rockport’s patron), it was very kind and , of course, competent. My Avior is the first interpretation before the Avior II.
He told me that , unfortunately, he built central channel in the ast, but they was with different drivers, dedicated to the previous Rockport’s design in the past years. For that reason, he dissuaded me to go into buying a second hand Rockport’s central channel. However it was very nice, asking me questions about amplification and my room etc...
He told me that in his opinion, could be good to choose a central channel fron Aerial Acoustics, because he is familiar with the brand, and in his opinion the “voice” (in italian we say for it TIMBRO MUSICALE), is very clear and balanced with Rockport’s sound.
Unfortunately here in Italy, Aerial loudspeakers are not so popular, and because of that, the only choice for me could be to go into a blind purchase on one of the Aerial’s central channels without seeing and listening in advance. I don’t want to do that.

Now I’ll try to explain my chain:
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:44 AM
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I will tell you something more about my equipment...
The Avior are powered with a McIntosh MC 452 (on two channel listening the preamplifier is a McIntosh C 500 T); on audiovideo and multichannel music I connected an Arcam AVR 750 receiver for the rear loudspeakers (Dynaudio Xeo 2 wireless active speakers), and for the present central channel (Sonus Faber Piccolo Solo).
Sorry for the difficulties...
Summarizing: in audiovideo balance the MC 452 is powering front loudspeakers, the Arcam is connected to the Dynaudio rear channels and to the central Sonus Faber, AND... the Arcam is also the preamplifier for everything in audiovideo. Vice versa when I listen in two channels preamplifier it’s absolutely McIntosh C500 T. My video sources are Oppo 105 D multiregion, Netflix etc.
Sorry for complications thank you so much for your patience :-)
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:57 AM
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Man that’s going to be a tough order. I had the Aviors before. Not sure what I would do for a center channel
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Old 02-25-2021, 01:44 AM
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joey_v Thank you for your very helpful and illuminating speech

Maybe (you can guess), I am thinking about that, since a long ago. I read and spoke with audiophile friends...
If someone has productive ideas and some hints I’ll be grateful.
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Old 02-25-2021, 02:19 AM
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One question I’d like to submit to the group is :
to put as center channel an active speaker (maybe Dynaudio?), what in that case the advantages and handicaps?
1) My idea is that a very good quality active speaker, has inside his dedicated high quality amplifier and could “bypass” Arcam amplifier (something different from McIntosh powering front channel).
2) additionaly, I could think about a central ch. having same or similar sensitivity as Rockport has (89,5 db), I don’t know if I’m wrong but my belief is trying to tend to balance (as reality permits), all components.
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Old 02-25-2021, 11:04 PM
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Long shot, but you could search for a Rockport Merak center-channel (2009?).
This is a picture that I found.
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