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I've read that the Studio 520C center can be overpowered by the 580 or 590s.

Does anyone own both and have an opinion?
You really have to adjust the 520C bring the level way up, to match the 590's which completely overpowers the 520c, I'm going to just get another 590 so it's 3 matched speakers across the front, haven't been 100% happy with this center channel, my older Definitive technology center did a better job, matched better.. . It's just ok, wouldn't recommend it .
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You really have to adjust the 520C bring the level way up, to match the 590's which completely overpowers the 520c, I'm going to just get another 590 so it's 3 matched speakers across the front, haven't been 100% happy with this center channel, my older Definitive technology center did a better job, matched better.. . It's just ok, wouldn't recommend it .
Yeah you need a very capable (probably physically large) center to match. I had to switch my KEF Q100 out of center duty because at 86db and being fed by the denon, it just wasn't keeping up. Now the KEFs are rear duty doing a great job there.

I'd be curious how the chane center matches up with these JBLs. That might be my next move.
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Got three 590s the last time this deal popped up. They are great. Even my wife liked how they looked... just not the size. They are in the dedicated theater room so she is fine with them. I love them. They are huge. Wish they had front firing ports though.
What was the third for? Center channel?
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What was the third for? Center channel?
Yeah. Center. At the moment I cannot use it for center, but I wanted to make sure when I update my layout, I would still be able to get the speaker (didn'twant it to be discontinued and unavailable for purchase). May keep the third in box until I need it or use it as a mono channel speaker in my bedroom just for... background music. Stereo imaging won't be that important.
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Best option audio quality wise is to use a separate power amp plus processor combo. Companies like monoprice, outlaw and emotiva makes pretty good 5 channel amps. You will have to use the rca out from your current receiver to a power amp. Eventually upgrade to a stand alone pre/ processor.
I think the outlaw amps are made by ATI and they are well regarded.

https://outlawaudio.com/shop/inde...er=product [outlawaudio.com]
some outlaw amps are made by ATI some are not. in either case they are a very good value. they generally exceed their rated specs when bench tested (all channels driven). as with many AV products today, they are engineered in the US and made overseas to keep costs down. keep an eye on their b-stock page. they come with full 5 year transferable warranty and 30 day trial period.
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What would be a good center, sub and bookshelf speakers to go with the 590s?
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What would be a good center, sub and bookshelf speakers to go with the 590s?
I use Infinity RC263 as my center with my 590s and they match well. Personally for me 520c wasnt keeping up with them. Surrounds dont have to match with LCR ; get something within your budget. Subwoofer is agnostic to your speakers but critical for any HT. Decent subwoogers will start around $400 and up like HSU, SVS, Rythmik, Monolith etc. HTH
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You're going to enjoy those 580s. Whatever receiver you go with, make sure when you're listening to music to use the Pure Direct mode or equivalent. It's the closest thing I can get to the purity of the amp/dac combo. I don't think in this case the problem is amplification... it's some sort of muddy processing that is useful for movies and destructive to stereo music.

My inclination with AVR is to buy based on features and spend as little as you can while preserving the features you want. They all seem decent and none pass the audiophile stereo test imo. Raw output/sound quality I personally haven't heard big differences among products in this range. With that said I did notice some people complain that Yamaha AVRs have especially poor preout signal strength so if adding an amp down the road is a possibility, then maybe avoid yamaha. But that said, my denon has bad preouts too, every AVR is different and im skeptical about brand-wide blanket statements... the best way to expand to separates is the prepro route, anything else is stopgap imo.
Got avr 685 Yamaha, 399 used like new on Amazon
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My AVR is Denon x3300w which has preouts but the signal level is pathetically low. This is a problem with many receivers and seems to be fairly inconsistent even within the same model (I read that my receiver would have good levels). The best solution might be to invest in a prepro with xlr outputs but those are expensive. A good stopgap on the way there is to use a cleanbox pro to boost signal levels out of the AVR preouts until one has the cash to go for the prepro. That's my plan. For movies this works great.

For music, I don't use my AVR at all. I use a surface pro 1 running tidal connected via short run USB to a smsl m300 dac. From the DAC I go XLR out to the same crown amp*. The signal level of the xlr balanced m300 is many times stronger than the AVR. More importantly. the quality through this chain is head and shoulders above any chain that involves the AVR. AVRs just aren't great for music... or at least, mine isn't and the prior Denon I owned also wasn't.

*How do I connect 2 sources (DAC and AVR/cleanbox) to the same 1-input amp? I picked up one of these pricey things... link below this paragraph. It works well, is passive (does not plug into the wall) and allows me to switch between music and movies with one nob. It took some calibration to set the levels such that movies and music would roughly be the same. Basically I had to turn my cleanbox up pretty far, and turn down the amp a bit. Had I not done this the music level would have been shockingly louder than movies.

https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-A...478&sr=8-5

Some people say this signal problem is a result of marrying "pro gear" to "consumer gear", however all amps, even consumer, suffer from the poor signal level my denon is pushing out. I tested this with several amps. My opinion of AVRs in general has suffered as a result of realizing they just aren't well designed for expanding into external amplification.

I think the emotiva would be fantastic and I considered it. I ended up going with crown xls1002 because I found a slick open box deal on it but it's only a stereo amp so my center is still powered by the denon.

There exists some dogma that all amps sound the same. It's not really true. But I will acknowledge that *at low volumes* the Denon and the Crown sound ALMOST the same. It's at moderate to high levels where the headroom of the Crown starts to shine. With the Denon, max volume is limited by progressively degrading sound quality. With the Crown, my eardrums are the limiter and the speakers stay poised and crystal clear with less boomy but more present and more textured bass at any obscene level. It's very noticeable. I would bet $1000 I could blind AB it with 100% accuracy at high volume.


TLDR! --- If you want really great music quality for about $1000 this is a decent route. I'm not saying it's the best, but it sounds great here:

1) Some kind of well built laptop Hi-res audio USB source (hopefully you already own)
2) USB to SMSL m300 DAC (~230 new but can be found used for cheap)
3) DAC XLR out to Crown XLS1002 (~300 new)
4) Send all this goodness to the JBL 580s
5) Enjoy
thank you.great elaboration.
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Yeah you need a very capable (probably physically large) center to match. I had to switch my KEF Q100 out of center duty because at 86db and being fed by the denon, it just wasn't keeping up. Now the KEFs are rear duty doing a great job there.

I'd be curious how the chane center matches up with these JBLs. That might be my next move.
Chane would probably be a great match. I have read some using them for centers for some real monster L/R speakers and commenting they keep up. In reality, Chane really shines when driven hard by all accounts.
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Getting dizzy with all these different speakers on sale recently... I jumped on the Infinity R263, so far happy with it (mostly classical music). But wondering how much improvement (if any) extra $100 each will buy...
If you are happy with what you got, just enjoy it. There is no such a thing as best speaker for $X.
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Does anyone know what Polk speaker is this comparable to?
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I bought a set of the 530's last time they went on sale. I wasn't expecting much, but I was very impressed with the speakers. Coming from a set of Pioneer AJ floorstanders, much improved clarity, imaging, and bass.
That's like from a Civic to an Acura.
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Does anyone know what Polk speaker is this comparable to?
S55 maybe. I had Polk S15s and have the Studio 530s coming in today so I am curious how they compare. Currently have KEF Q150 in the return window and I really like them, but have been intrigued by the 530 and hopefully like the JBL more. We'll see.
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The reviews I read seem to say that the 580 does not have the best tweet sounds (r263 seem good there). The r263 lacks the base. No direct comparisons though
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