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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Belamos, Nov 18, 2001.

  1. Belamos

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    Hi Everone
    When it comes to mixing and matching speakers from different companys say having b&w at the front and kef at the back are there any rules to follow as i dont know if some speakers shouldnt go with others for example a friend said that your center speaker should be the same make as your front stereo speakers.
     
  2. Confucius

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    Under ideal circumstances all the loudspeakers should be the same!

    As this is far from practical, especially with the centre speaker, try to ensure the front 3 at least are 'voice' matched. This almost certainly means they should be from the same manufacturer, and ideally from the same 'range' as eachother. Most decent manufacturers will have centre speakers voiced to match the various main L & R designs.
     
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    It's not 'far from practical', there is only one speaker manufacturer that doens't make a center speaker and that is Naim (no shocks there), and ven they have one in development.

    You definately need a matched centre speaker, and if possible one that is identical to the laft and right. Surrounds are not so much of a problem with voice matching, but try to get ones that have the same sort of frequency response at least. Otherwise pans sound very mis-guided.
     
  4. lechacal

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    He didn't mean that ideally the centre speaker should just be from the same manufacturer as the rest. He mean that all the speakers should be the same . Same make, same model.

    Tricky to balance a floorstander on top of the telly though.
     
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    Same make and model would be perfect but mostly not possible (space constraints, price etc.) so to have the closest match the "same make, same series" applies - if there are several models in the same series choose the best you can afford, especially in case of the center speaker.
     
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    Thankyou, yes that's what I did indeed mean.

    I use floorstander L&R (with built in subs), they won't lie flat and putting them behind the TV would alter the sound somewhat!!!! (although it may well be practical to use a floorstander behind a perforated front proj screen of course.

    Even a Centre Left & Right model, as made by the likes of Def Tech would be slightly different sounding as the L & R would be upright, and the Centre on it's side, tonality may be the same under ideal circumstances, but not in the real world.
     
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    The problem is that few brands have centers really matching the fronts, two exceptions I know, B&W CDM and Nautilos, and Sonus Faber Home, they have the same drivers as the matching monitors... With a good subwoofer and all speakers as small you get a prety good surround system...

    Well, I could include KEF Q and eggs there...
     

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