posted 48 years ago by
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Buy direct online for $169.00 shipped. This is a very good price for this level of center channel performance, and these have not been this easily available before.

This is a pretty big center channel, check the dimensions before you buy. Having said that, it is also a true 3-way center channel, which is not very common. Much less at this price point.

This center is very similar if not exactly the same as the EC35 produced for many years. When JBL stopped making the EC35 they renamed it the PC35 and now the NP35 and marketed under the Synthesis brand.

This is a very good center channel that mates up very well with any 0.75" tweeter JBL loudspeaker. With a tool like Audyssey, it can be calibrated to work well with the 1" full titanium models, including older models that didn't have a center channel in the lineup. It is a good enough center channel to keep up with higher end JBL's.

JBL's next best true 3-way center channel is the ~$300 LC2. I have had both and consider them very closely matched. The LC2 has better drivers and technology but is crippled by the smaller wall mount enclosure. This guy has the big box working for it and it shows. 60-80Hz crossover at high volumes is no problem.

True 3-way center channel speakers are not very common, but in my opinion the benefit of them is very obvious.

Prior to my current PC600 (arguably JBL's best dome tweeter center channel) I used a EC35 with many different sets of JBL's and was very pleased with it. In a home theater system you are listening to the center channel more than your mains. A good one is critical.

This price and online availability suggests they are clearing it out.

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