Sensitivity of B&W HTM62 very low

Native_bon

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Just got a B&W HTM62 center speaker & the sensitivity is just 85.. now i cannot hear my center channel properly. How is this so that in this age B&W are making speakers with so low sensitivity. I dnt know if with time the speaker will open up.. but 4 now i have wasted my money.. even after turning down the left & right channels down. When i play music in stereo the left & right becomes 2 low. So i have 2 keep going in2 the menu when i want 2 watch movies. I had a Mordaunt short avant 905i before the B&W's & were much cheaper & played twice As loud.

Only had the speakers for two days now.. just hope they will open u when they burn in.
 

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Floor standing speakers B&W CM8. Am using Marantz SR6003 AV amp. i did not have the problem with the Avant 905i center. Just thought i upgrade the center speaker & now it seems like i have dwn graded...
 

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Looking at your front speakers, it seems to me that the natural centre speaker to be in balance with them would be the CM Centre 2 (which has a Sensitivity of 89 - much closer to the 88 of your CM8s). The HTM62 is part of the 6 series and is really designed to fit between a pair of B&W 685s / 684s.

Having said that, I can't see any reason why your Marantz SR6003 would have trouble driving the HTM62. I use it with the 685s and an Onkyo 905 amp and it works just fine - the centre channel does need to be pushed a bit higher than the left and right fronts, but I'm not experiencing any of the issues you are.

If it continues, I would think your best bet was to contact your dealer and possibly take it back to test it and ensure it's not a fault.
 

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I have the B&W 685 Theatre which includes your centre speaker and I have no problems driving my set up with my Onkyo 905 indeed it sounds immersive and the dialogue is crystal clear.

Chris
 

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I have a simialr setup with B&W CM8's for the fronts and the HTM62 as my center and i dont have this problem. I would think it may be a fault somewhere with either the amp or center speaker itself.

I have the center set to about +4db on my amp but that is just my personal preference when watching films.
 

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Well my Front speakers were too lagre 4 the B&W's HTM62. I have got Sonus faber Cremona's so could not hear them well. luckly they xchnage it at the shop for the BIGGER ONES, HTM61 Center with sensitivity of 90 as suppose 2 the 85 sensitivity of the B&W's. Now i got a really Balanced front.

No need to keep taking the fronts dwn when watching movies & up again when listening 2 channel muzic.
 
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