Do i HAVE to use a DEDICATED CENTRE SPEAKER for my home cinema setup? or will any spe

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by karl-ireland, May 8, 2007.

  1. karl-ireland

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    I recently bought a brand new home cinema system (amp + speakers)

    Now one thing that didnt work was the center speaker (wharfedale 9.0cc)....

    So anyway,what i did was,i just switched the wharfedale centre speaker for an ordinary 100w loudspeaker....

    The sound seemed to be fine,but over the weekend,i had a marathon of films,games etc etc etc....and ive just noticed that the centre speaker is crackling and popping when i turn the volume up past a certain point??

    Will i have to buy a centre speaker?or can i use any oul speaker?

    Does it make a difference?does it HAVE to be a dedicated centre speaker??

    Id appreciate a response as it really is frustrating....

    Thanks for your time
     
  2. KMO

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    Any good speaker will do. The only special thing about a centre speaker is that it's in a horizontal form factor easier to fit above or below a screen.

    Whatever your centre speaker is, the tweeter wants to be as near the screen as possible, and as close as possible to in-line with the left and right speakers' tweeters. So if you stick a normal speaker on top of a TV you would want to turn it upside down.

    It should also be noted that the centre speaker does more work than any of the other 4 main speakers in films; its quality is crucial, and you shouldn't skimp on it. It may also be heavily used in multichannel music.
     
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    You'd be amazed how much the speaker gets used, so it is very important to get this one right.

    The temptation is to skimp on it as I nearly did a few years ago, but it gets the most use in my system, especially if you like your older films which are just mono.
     
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    There is often mileage in having all the speakers (or at least centre and fronts) from the same range. The characteristics are often more similar, so it can give a better integrated sounds.

    BTW, was there a reason you couldn't just get the failed speaker replaced. You said it was new?

    Greg
     
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    The other vital role the centre speaker has it that of being magnetically sheilded. Not an issue if you don't have a CRT display of course.
     
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    so plasma's arent affected by magnets? didnt know that :)
     
  7. karl-ireland

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    Yea its all sorted..

    I bought the Wharfedale 9.0 cs speaker........

    the system is complete......(i feel complete)

    thanks for the replys.
     

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