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Can you get away with a centre speaker?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Scotty Boy, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Scotty Boy

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    Just set up my new screen on my oppli bench, and it looks brilliant. Unfortunately, if I want my centre speaker up and running, it's going to have to go on the wall. And it's a bit of a beast you see.

    Have a looksy.

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    What i'm asking, is can I really get away with one? or am i going to miss out alot with DVDs and playing on the xbox. It just seems a shame to put a speaker above it, as it looks great as it is.

    EDIT: The centre speaker isn't as big as it looks in the pic. Heh, here's probably a better pic.

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  2. Scotty Boy

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    The title is meant to be 'without' not 'with'.
     
  3. Kazman

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    Is there not enough space 'behind' the screen?
     
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    most speech comes out the centre speaker
    can you really do without the speech?
     
  5. John Watts

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    IMHO, No!
    Like pjclark1 says you will lose essential dialogue.
    You'll still have a good sound but with alot missing.
    Try it with and without and then make up your mind.
     
  6. Kopite4Ever

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    scotty see my edited post in Get Yor plasma's out
     
  7. Scotty Boy

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    Ah, i didn't realise the majority of dialogue came out of the centre. I'm definately getting it up on that wall tonight then. It could fit on the oppli behind the screen, but that would seem a bit odd.

    I'll push the oppli back a little and the screen and have the Speaker behind and above it :)

    Cheers lads.
     
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    Why don't you precariously balance the plasma on the centre speaker :eek: :devil:

    Seriously though your room looks :thumbsup:

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    i would disagree - if the imaging is good enough from you front two speakers then there is no real need for a centre speaker IF the screen is exactly in the middle of the two speakers. the other issue is whether your amp supports phantom centre speakers
     
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    you misunderstand, dolby 5:1 and DTS do not route speech to the front side speakers in many movies. The speech only comes out the centre speaker. The other speakers only play music and spot effects. Course if you listen to your movies in dolby 2.0 there is no problem, but it kinda defeats the purpose of buying 5:1/DTS amps.
     
  11. hornydragon

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    you can use a "phantom" centre Amp will processes dialogue into FR & FL how big is centre will it not fit infront of screen.....
     
  12. Kopite4Ever

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    i suggest propping the display about 8" or so higher on some sort of stand / mount then having the center in front of it. this wont interfer with the screen then
     
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    dont worry pj -i do understand thats why i mentioned the need for a phantom setting on the amp - so that it combines the centre channel into the l+r ones
     
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    I don't miss mine, just running 2.0 and quite happy
     
  15. Kopite4Ever

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    scotty this what i was on about before and would suit you ideally

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    Mornin'

    You could try wall mounting the plasma at the desired height so that you can put the center speaker on top of the AV unit.

    Regards
     
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    I still have mixed feelngs on the benefit or otherwise of a centre (admittedly I seem to be in a minority). It's been debated a few times here, most recently in a thread entitled "Centre Speakers vs Full range stereo pair".

    I find it odd that in the days of mere stereo, we were all quite satisfied that two front speakers could satisfactorily produce the illusion of sound coming from slap bang in the centre.
     
  18. Kopite4Ever

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    yes but for 5.1 ch like DD and DTS you try watching a Film (which i assume is what his system is used for) without the Center Channel. its a big miss imo when its not there. you can do all the audio processing thru the amp but its just easier and better to have the center channel. id try make room for it some where
     

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