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Centre Channels Duet - Quartet - Trio

The centre channel speaker of a home theatre system has to be as close as possible to the visual screen. Usually, centres are slim and horizontal so they can be placed directly above or below the screen. The centres described here are all in very strong cabinets that can double as a TV base where suitable. Any Woodfox, Firesprite, or monitor bookshelf speaker could be used instead if your situation dictates a conventional upright speaker.

Centres must be accurate, clear and natural, especially so you can understand what people are saying in a movie. They are the audio focus for all the immediate central on-screen action and communication. They must also have a good horizontal spread for all the viewers around the room, but do not necessarily extreme deep bass, because voices do not go that low, and the subwoofer can take over those low omni-directional frequencies anyway, thus allowing the centre channel speaker to be a more convenient size.

All these considerations and others create special problems and solutions for centre channel speakers, and there are many models and versions for you to choose from in this series.  The Quartet type has four main woofer/mid drivers; the Duet type has two main woofer/mid drivers; and the Trio type is always a three-way speaker with a separate mid-range driver, a tweeter, with either two or four woofers.

Black Polished end pieces to match Artisan cabinets will be $150

All speakers include grilles. All grilles are removable but any speaker can be made without grilles if you request.

Veneers and stains
Natural semi-gloss American oak veneer, that can also be stained.
American Oak veneer
American Oak
Light Oak stain
Light Oak
Oak stain
European Oak
Baltic stain
Baltic
Walnut stain
Walnut
Dark Walnut stain
Dark Walnut
Rose Mahogany stain
Rose Mahogany
Jarrah stain
Jarrah
Black stain
Black
Non veneered colours
Soft white colour
Soft White
Black colour
Black
Premium veneers (extra cost)
Blackwood veneer
Blackwood
Queensland Walnut veneer
Queensland Walnut
Redheart Sassafras veneer
Red-heart Sassafras
Quilted Bubinga veneer
Quilted Bubinga
Blackheart Sassafras veneer
Black-heart Sassafras
See veneers, colours and finishes page.

Trio Centre 453SR
3 way high end large size

Description and Specifications

Price: $995 (or $695 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 1100w x 200h x 315d bass reflex 46 litres
Power Handling: 200 wrms (250 w above 50 Hz)
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 55 -- 40,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 92dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 4 x 5 inch SB Acoustics bass drivers; 2 x 125 mm SB Acoustics flat response midrange drivers; ribbon tweeter for crystal clear highs.
Description: a high end large and powerful 3-way centre channel using excellent design and drivers; very natural realistic voice reproduction, and enough power to handle any size system. Very good off-axis response. Competes with and often surpasses multi-driver centres many times the price.


Centre 453 1
Centre 453sr
Centre 453sr a
Artisan cabinet version

QUARTET Centre 452SM
2 way high end large size

Description and Specifications

Price: $995 (or $750 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 900w x 200h x 315d bass reflex 38 litres
Power Handling: 250 wrms
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 55 -- 40,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 93dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 4 x 150 mm SB Acoustics papyrus cone bass/mid drivers; large ribbon tweeter for crystal clear highs and superb upper mid-range.
Description: a high end large and powerful 2-way centre channel using excellent design and drivers, with a larger ribbon to take more power and cross over lower and avoid the need for a separate midrange; very natural realistic voice reproduction, and enough power to handle any size system. Very good off-axis response horizontally. Outstanding all round centre channel performance.


Quartet Centre 452SV/452SR
2 way medium size

Description and Specifications

Price: $650 (or $395 kit less cabinet); ribbon version $695 (or kit without cabinet $445)
Cabinet: 800w x 160h x 315d bass reflex 24 litres (or 900w x 200h x 320d 36 litres extra $50)
Power Handling: 200 wrms
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 58 -- 35,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 91dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 4 x 5 inch efficient SB Acoustics bass/mid; Vifa 25 mm textile dome tweeter (ribbon tweeter extra $50)
Description: This is an economical 2-way version of the 452SM above, and uses the superb micro-dynamic resolution option of a true ribbon tweeter for the SR version. It goes without saying that the realism created while watching your movies, etc. is dynamic, faithful, clean, accurate and frighteningly immediate.  Multiple driver arrangement gives smoother off-axis phasing characteristics and dispersion, and the slim and elegant cabinet, if you have the width, makes an excellent base for large screen TVs.

Centre 452pr
Showing earlier 452PR (ribbon tweeter version)

Trio Centre 283TSR
3-way high end large size

Description and Specifications

Price: $995 (or $695 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 900w x 240h x 315d bass reflex 44 litres
Power Handling: 220 wrms
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 40 -- 40,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 92dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 2 x 205mm long throw wood and fibre cone bass drivers; 2 x 5 inch SB Acoustics midrange; ribbon tweeter
Description: Large, powerful and efficient high end 3-way centre; good low end bass, voice projection and dynamic sound stage ; similar driver setup and crossover as some Timberwolf series floorstanding speakers such as the 8883.

Duet Centre 242SV
2 way small size

Description and Specifications

Price: $495 (or $295 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 440w x 160h x 315d bass reflex 12 litres
Power Handling: 120/200 wrms/wmax
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 65 -- 30,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 90dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 2 x 5 inch SB Acoustics bass/midrange drivers; efficient 25 mm dome tweeter
Description: If you would like a high class centre channel but have very little space to install one, then look no further, this centre is superb! The drivers in this design have a natural, accurate sound that brings the on screen dialogue and action to life in a way that belies its modest size.  Makes a strong slim base for even very heavy flat-screen TVs.  Ribbon tweeter extra $50. Makes a very good upright speaker too, so you could use five or seven to make a whole large satellite, high quality, dynamic 5.1 or 7.1 system with one of our fantastic transmission line range of subwoofers, such as our 1230RTL or 1030RTL.

Centre 252
(right) Ribbon upgrade
Showing some older models.

Trio Centre 253SR
3 way high end medium size

Description and Specifications

Price: $750 (or $495 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 800w x 160h x 315d bass reflex 24 litres
Power Handling: 120/200 wrms/max (@ 60Hz plus)
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 56 -- 40,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 91dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 2 x 5 inch SB Acoustics bass drivers; 2 x 4 inch midrange drivers; ribbon tweeter
Description: This is an efficient high end 3-way centre; good low end bass and voice production; similar driver setup and crossover as some Timberwolf series floorstanding speakers.

Trio Centre 263SR
3-way medium/large size

Description and Specifications


Price:
$850 (or $650 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: 900w x 200h x 315d bass reflex 36 litres
Power Handling: 200 wrms
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 44 -- 40,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 91dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 2 x 165 mm SB Acoustics long throw bass drivers and 2 x 120 mm midrange; ribbon tweeter
Description: This is a larger full range high end 3-way centre; powerful bass and clear voice production; similar driver setup and crossover as some Timberwolf series floorstanding speakers such as the 8883 and 6643.

Centre 263
Centre 263 black
(right) Queensland walnut Artisan version

Duet Centre 252SV
2 way medium size

Description and Specifications

Price: $550 (or $295 kit less cabinet)
Cabinet: choice of 800w x 160h x 320d bass reflex 24 litres, or 600h x 200w x 315d 23 litres, or 500w x 240h x 315d 24 litres
Power Handling: 120/200 wrms/wmax
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency Response: 59 -- 30,000 Hertz +/-2dB
Sensitivity: 90dB 1w/1m
Drivers: 2 x 5 inch SB Acoustics bass/midrange drivers; Danish 25 mm textile dome tweeter
Description: Good solid performer; commonly used driver setup, but has a real timber veneer, solid non resonant cabinet and accurate, detailed crossover network; similar driver setup and crossover network to the Timberwolf 5522 small floorstander speaker, making them a very consistent and compatible system companions. Makes a strong slim base for even very heavy flat-screen TVs.  Ribbon tweeter extra $50.