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center speaker sounding 1 dimensional

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by z5461313, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. z5461313

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    Hello

    Does anyone else have this problem?

    On some films my center speaker sounds very 1 dimensional

    eg Bedknobs and broomsticks - speech sounded very 1 dimensional

    If you watch it on the tele - it sounds better as speech comes out of the 2 speakers

    So the solution is to use 2 center speakers but this would not be correct for many viewers
    - or to find a really good center speaker that opens up the dialogue

    Does anyone else notice this problem with the center speaker?

    Thanks
     
  2. deckard

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    Is the B&B soundtrack mono? Sounds as if that's what you're describing. Older films eg early Bond stuff, are mono and when 'decoded' into standard DPL you'll get centre channel only with no ambient effect, hence the sound you describe. Check the soundtrack on the discs you're describing to see if I'm barking up the right tree, if so then try an appropriate mono DSP eg Yamaha have Mono Movie. Hope this helps.
     
  3. z5461313

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    Hi - thanks for the reply

    No - its dolby digital. It is an old film but the picture is great and sound is not bad from the other speakers

    Its just not like been at the cinema - as it should be - with the center speaker sounding very mono
     
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    Do you own any other DVD's you could test? Or rent something newer at Blockbusters.
    B&B isn't the last word in soundtrack quality.
     
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    Just had a look and yep, it's a 5.1 soundtrack. I'm a bit stumped then, I guess it could be a poor conversion to 5.1 from the original soundtrack.
     
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    Unfortunately a DD 5.1 mix on a DVD is no guarentee of a first rate soundtrack. :(
     
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    Many of todays discrete recordings contain fairly "one dimensional" centre channel outputs. That is to say, "spread" is a little "too locked" hence consricted thus causing an unnatural balance and prominance of the centre channel at the front soundstage. This is particulary evident with "hard centre" dialogue or vocals.

    To give a more even balance, trim down the centre channel by a few dB's. This will in effect leave the the centre channel less dominant and you'll find the front three will then produce a much more realistic and coherent soundstage than before.
     
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    Apply THX processing. This will push it out alittle across the front three (as well as taming down the extremes of course)


    Steven
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions

    If any else has the dvd, let me know what you think after watching it

    At the end of the day you want it to sound like being at the cinema
     
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    Couldn't agree more, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear as they say, and if it's got a crap soundtrack then your equipment will produce the crap soundtrack faithfully!
     

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