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Acoustic Energy Aegis Center
6 Reviews
rating  4.5 of 5
MSRP  249.00
Description:  The Aegis centre is a high quality, powerful 2-way centre channel speaker for positioning above or below a television within a home theatre system. The 25mm silk fabric dome tweeter and twin 130mm light-weight natural alloy cone mid/bass units are mounted to the substantial 25mm MDF front baffle and reflex loaded through a high power flared port to the rear of the 15mm MDF cabinet. Effortless power handling up to 175 watts and a high sensitivity of 91db assist in providing a dialogue speaker matched precisely to partner the Aegis One or Two loudspeakers for main stereo channel use.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by daley_85 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I am now using the aegis centre and WOW! Now I got these brand new for 100 bucks canadian because I know the store owner. I used to use the JBL TLX movies for my centre, and of course the AE's blow them away. Very clean sound, excellent power handling and deep bass are just some of the awesome features of this centre.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   promised not to tell



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jean-Paul Chicheret a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This Center speaker matches the Aegis Three very precisely.

Be careful though !!! This speaker, as every speaker of the Aegis Series, must be driven by an excellent AV amplifier, and connected with a very good speaker cable !

It takes some time so that the speakers open up (sometimes up to 2 or even 3 weeks). Anyway, It's the same for the Aegis Three speakers as well as the other Aegis products. Once the drivers have roved, the sound is absolutely fantatic. Be careful, too, with this Center speaker direction angle. Try to place it rather below the TV set instead of above...

An Please : For all Aegis speakers, take off the front covers when you use them !!! You will hear that the sound is much more tucking...

I find that speakers that usualy cost 3 to 5 the fee are sometimes less good than this Aegis Center.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $284.00

Purchased At:   http://www.son-video.com/



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Blane Hamilton a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have not bought these, but have auditioned them for about 10 days. It takes a good 20-40 hours to break in this speaker, then the midrange and bass open up well. The midrange is as smooth as the Aegis ones and there is good bass extension for a center channel.

5.1 music
Used many CDs in my Denon 3300's 5.1 stereo such as Dido, Sarah Maclachlan, Sting, Smetna "Ma Vlast", Berlioz's "Symphony Fantastique". I used the channel by itself and with the rest of the speakers to get an idea of the soundstage is added. Of course the blending was seamless between this and the Aegis ones and the overall dynamic of the female voices and classical instruments were as true to the recording in this price range. Musically these are a fine match with the Ones and give you beautiful surround music with little if any listening fatigue.

Dolby Digital, DTS
The DVDs I used to audition the center channel were The Fifth Element, Gladiator, the Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, Samurai X. The music on these DVDs sounded just as wonderful on the CDs. But when it came to center channel effects, some of the detail was missing from some of the scenes, ie swords clanging in Samurai X, The German Shepard in Gladiator beggining scene was not always audible. The Matrix sounded good but some bullets seem to be missing, that were there before. The bass from the movies was good though.

I do not know what other people use seeing as that there are 59 review for the Aegis Ones and 4 for the Center. Personally, I am going to go with the Phase Technology Teatro 6.5. This is the only center channel that acoustically matched the Ones. Midrange is very smooth and forms a practically seamless sounstage and was also the most detailed of the speakers I tested.

Overall though, Acoustic Center is very capable for music (if you listen to music like that) and probably average for home theater effects.

Probably 4 stars for music and 3.75 stars for home theater.

Hope this helps.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   Celestion Sounds



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
seems excellent for the money. was limited to this center because i own the aegis 3's for fronts. previously used speakers in my sony 53" projection tv - the sony has a set of speaker clips to connect the speaker to your amp which can be selected via the tv's on screen menu. blows that away. for the money, the sound from the center is outstanding and nonfatiguing. like the rest of the aegis series, you can listen for hours and hours.

i use denon avr3300 which utilizes 5 channel stereo with plain old stereo signals...this is a HUGE improvement. now all i need to do is replace my crappy klh rears..

aegis series is excellent for music and theater. center fits that bill perfectly.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   pro musica - chicago



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
seems excellent for the money. was limited to this center because i own the aegis 3's for fronts. previously used speakers in my sony 53" projection tv - the sony has a set of speaker clips to connect the speaker to your amp which can be selected via the tv's on screen menu. blows that away. for the money, the sound from the center is outstanding and nonfatiguing. like the rest of the aegis series, you can listen for hours and hours.

i use denon avr3300 which utilizes 5 channel stereo with plain old stereo signals...this is a HUGE improvement. now all i need to do is replace my crappy klh rears..

aegis series is excellent for music and theater. center fits that bill perfectly.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   pro musica - chicago




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