We have always loved Magnepan’s CC series of center channel speaker. They have an opened sound that is absolutely transparent and a wide soundstage that is unmatched by any other center channel speaker in its price point. The bass level on the CC3 may not go as deep as some conventional cone based center channel speaker but if your 5.1 or 7.1 setup has a subwoofer, you would hardly notice it. What you would appreciate is its musicality and naturalness. The CC3 would just about beat any cone based center channel speaker that cost up to $2000 if measured under those two factors. The CC3 is not about hard, raw impact sound but rather the magical sounding mid-range. Voices were exceptionally natural without any hint of fatigue or dryness. It was sure bliss listening to jazz and vocals from this center channel speaker when DVDs of concerts were played through it. If you have lots of action DVDs, then you might want to partner a subwoofer with the CC3 to add a deeper bottom end and reduce the stress on the ribbons. Compared to the CC1 that we had before (now sold), the CC3 not only sounds just as good but even better. Better transient response, beefier mid-range and upper bass response and a slightly wider soundstage.
We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe arrival.