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Old 07-14-01, 12:18 PM
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Could someone please explain to me why you need to match brands on your center speaker and your mains?

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Old 07-14-01, 12:46 PM
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W/o getting overly technical, the main reason is that timbre matching is the only way to get a seamless audio presentation. Imagine dialogue or effects that pan from front left to center to front right. If the speakers do not "match" the tone will change as the signal moves from front left to the center. The change in tone calls attention to itself and disrupts the presentation. Basically, it's the same reason that you want to match the front left and right speakers.

The easiest way to match the timbre is to purchase a center that is designed to match your other speakers. This means selecting a center from the same family of speakers, not just a center from the same manufacturer.

As a side note, IMO the importance of the center is too often downplayed on this forum. The center carries most of the dialogue and a good bit of the effects and music. Scrimping on the center can result in dialogue thatís hard to undersatnd.
Old 07-15-01, 12:21 PM
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Originally posted by audrey
As a side note, IMO the importance of the center is too often downplayed on this forum. The center carries most of the dialogue and a good bit of the effects and music. Scrimping on the center can result in dialogue thatís hard to undersatnd.

Excellent point. Over 70% of the soundtrack comes from the center channel,
so skimping here, is like shooting yourself in the foot.

Get the best center channel you can afford (from the same manufacturer as the
mains, if possible).

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