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Just bought the 504c center channel, it’s gorgeous and sounds great with music, my only issue with the speaker is that the dialogue often sounds boxy or airy or thin especially at higher pitches of voices or when people are talking softly it sounds like an over exaggerated whisper on top of their voice, or even like the talker is wearing a surgical mask while talking it is not what I would call crisp. I upgraded from the JBL studio 520c which imaged great and dialogue was crisp. My L/R is a pair of RB 61 IIs that also sound fantastic. 
 

im disappointed spending the money on a speaker and it not sounding better or even up to par from what it’s replacing. My entry level sound bar sounds better with dialogue than this speaker and I’m convinced something is wrong. I have it hooked up to a Sony 1080 receiver and have tried several settings, has anyone else experienced this or found just the right settings to make this speaker shine? I don’t want to have to return such a beautiful speaker 

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@Shanery,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Sorry you are not quite happy with your 504c.

 

Where/how is your 504c placed?  Is it in a closed "tunnel" where the rear port is not allowed to "breathe"?  What are your current settings?  Is the 504C on the same plane as your ears, or is it mounted low or high?

 

Bill

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3 hours ago, willland said:

@Shanery,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Sorry you are not quite happy with your 504c.

 

Where/how is your 504c placed?  Is it in a closed "tunnel" where the rear port is not allowed to "breathe"?  What are your current settings?  Is the 504C on the same plane as your ears, or is it mounted low or high?

 

Bill

Hey Bill,

 

thanks for the response! The speaker is on the top of a cabinet pushed out to the edge with plenty of room to breathe and in the exact height of the listeners ears.

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54 minutes ago, Shanery said:

The speaker is on the top of a cabinet pushed out to the edge with plenty of room to breathe and in the exact height of the listeners ears.

Well that is solid proof that is not the problem.:D  Maybe wired out of phase?  Maybe not well timbre matched to the RB-61IIs.  Tough to say.

 

When I first got my RC-64 several years ago, I kind of thought the same as you are experiencing.  I changed amps, experimented with crossover settings, and bumped up the center channel volume a bit.  My NAD T175HD pre/pro has a setting with the tone controls called "center dialogue" and it really made a difference.  All this combined pretty much made my soundstage seamless.

 

Bill

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14 hours ago, Shanery said:

Just bought the 504c center channel,

 

@Shanery It could be that it needs to be broken in.

 

I had some pro woofers from Celestion for a DIY project a few years ago.  Right out of the box I hooked one up in open air and it just sounded awful.  I mean cheap plastic AM radio from the '60's awful.  I noticed the suspension was very stiff.  I built the enclosure and installed it anyway and I was surprised that about a month later after 100 hours of playing it sounded great.  That's when I became convinced that some speakers, maybe not all, need a break-in.

 

I've never heard the 504C.  I owned the RC-64 and I own the RC-64 III.

 

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