Do you sometimes find yourself backing up while you watch DVDs, in order to catch a bit of unclear dialogue? The speakers built into TVs tend to fall short when it comes to whispered, mumbled, or detailed dialogue. As part of a home theater system, this center channel speaker has the range and subtlety to deliver rich, lifelike dialogue and special effects with your movies and TV shows.

You'll hear precise, crystal-clear highs thanks to this speaker's 1" soft dome tweeter. And dual 5-1/4" graphite-injected polymer woofers bring home dynamic bass and mids. Build a complete Classic Series speaker system by combining the CS 225C with floor-standing front speakers and bookshelf speakers or compact bookshelf speakers, plus a powered subwoofer for thrilling home theater sound.

Product Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 80-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles up to 175 watts
  • 1" Kortec® soft dome tweeter
  • dual 5-1/4" Deep Channel® Design woofers
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • 5-way binding posts
  • 16-5/8"W x 6-1/4"H x 8-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Boston Acoustics CS 225C Reviews

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Great Sound

Written By Clyfe, Texas on Monday, April 25, 2011

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This center channel speaker is a good investment. My only complaint is that is a
little larger than I wanted.

Crutchfield Service

Written By TO, British Columbia on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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I have not hooked-up the speaker yet but I know the sound will be great. What is
more impressive is the service from Crutchfield. Prompt and professional from
initial inquiry, order and delivery--thanks Crutchfield!

Boston Acoustics CS 225C

Written By gary, buffalo ny on Sunday, February 06, 2011

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Performs exactly as I expected A1, along with the great service

Boston Acoustics CS 225C

Written By FredD, Columbus, Ohio on Monday, January 31, 2011

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Great center channel for the price, not large in size but have great sound

A Must Try Center Channel Speaker

Written By The_Inspector_069, Belleville, IL on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Exceptional quality and sound for the price.

Exceptional Good Sounding Speaker

Written By RobertL, Lawrence, MA on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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The Boston Acoustics CS 225C is a Very Good Speaker. I like it a lot. I have had other
Boston Acoustic speakers for a long time ago, and Speakers are Good Quality and they
have sounded great for years. The Center Speaker sounds real Good, all around. I can
hear everything crystal clear coming from any Movie dialogs. All Music sounds good coming
from the Speaker too. I am Very Pleased. The CS 225C Speaker's Bass is Good, as well
as all the Highs. I had it for over 2 months now, and It all sounds Nice and Great.
Crutchfield certainly does an Excellent Job Shipping products too. I love the way they do their
packaging. I like Crutchfield's Service; it is very Good, Professional and Reliable. I Highly
Recommend the Boston Acoustics CS 225C Center Speaker to anyone.

Great Budget Center Channel

Written By JohnL, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Love this speaker! Can't beat the performance at this price point or even
higher. I'm a former Home Theater salesman and I have always loved the Boston
sound. I still use my Denon AVC-3030. I know it is not new technology, but its
a great amp and the CS 225C handles the power nicely!

Great clarity and imaging in the output and matches well with my HD8's.
Found out how much I was missing as compared to running the center channel in
"phantom" mode or by using the speakers on my Mitsubishi tv.

Very satisfied!!

Would not go with another speaker under $200!

Boston Acoustics CS 225C

Written By Duffyjr, Norfolk, NE on Saturday, November 20, 2010

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This little speaker sounds great and matches my older HD10's and HD7's perfectly. The
price was great and with free shipping. I have always been a little weary about buying stuff
like this over the internet but Crutchfield was great to work with and I will definitely keep
them in mind the next time I need something.

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What's in the box?

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  • 1 Black CS 225 2-way center channel speaker
  • Black cloth grille (attached)
  • 4 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual (English/ Spanish/ French)

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 15-175
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 80-25k Hz
Height (inches) 6-1/4
Width (inches) 16-5/8
Depth (inches) 8-3/4
Weight 15 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Year
Labor Warranty 5 Year

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Driver Technology

Driver Technology

Tweeter: The CS 225C uses a 1" Kortec soft dome tweeter for clear high frequencies. Kortec is a silky fabric saturated on the underside with a proprietary stiffening agent. Because the inside surface of the dome is ultra stiff, the tweeter tracks the signal with ease and produces an excellent transient attack. Simultaneously, the soft, self-dampening top layer eliminates unwanted resonance, so the sound is smooth and articulate.

Woofers: The CS 225C has two 5-1/4" graphite injected polymer woofers with phase plugs. The drivers feature Boston's Deep Channel Design technology to give you more bass with less amplifier power. Rubber surrounds are used for added durability. The enclosure is ported on the back panel.

MagnaGuard: The speaker features MagnaGuard magnetic shielding which ensures the speaker's magnetic field does not interfere with a CRT television's picture.

Bass Management Recommendation: When setting bass management parameters on your home theater receiver, the outputs for this speaker should be set to Small with the subwoofer's crossover point between 80 Hz and 120 Hz.


Gold-plated Binding Posts: The wire terminals are gold-plated, 5-way binding posts, allowing you to connect the speaker wire using dual banana plugs, single banana plugs, pin connectors, spade terminals, or bare wire. Bare wire up to 10 gauge fits through the binding posts.

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