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suggestion for a centre rear speaker

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by alfablue, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. alfablue

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    I have an Eltax Chroma surround speaker setup (HS2 Bipolar rears) with a Pioneer VSX-812 receiver.

    I am looking to add a centre rear speaker. I have very little space behind my listening position to the wall (smallish room!).

    Can anyone suggest a speaker that will be appropriate and have fairly small dimensions, and that I can buy as a single.

    Given my room dimesions, i dont really think a 7.1 setup is viable.

    Many thanks
     
  2. alfablue

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    oh, and is it wortth doing it?
     
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    Maybe you could get one of these for your front centre:-

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301224

    and move your current center to the rear. Hopefully it should have a similar tonal match for the front soundstage but you'd have to go listen to be absolutely sure. Shame they don't appear to sell your currentl speakers seperately otherwise i'd advise just getting a similar front for rear duties.

    alternatively I have this as my rear center.:-

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301622

    it gets the job done has a fairly small footprint and fits snuggly to the wall via keyhole mounts.

    It's definately worth using that rear centre for ex sound tracks. It does add another dimension to rear action effects:smashin:
     
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    Like yourself, I have no space behind the listening position so have never bothered with extended surround formats, sticking with 5.1 instead.
     
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    Hawklord

    That mission may just do the trick - its just 125 mm deep - I presume you are happy with it.

    The eltax centre is twice that depth. Might be the solution. Thanks
     
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    I initially had it as a front cetre with mission m71's back when I had my first seperates system. Although it's lacking as a front centre it is easily a capable effects speaker and is used as such in my current system. It performs admirably in this department and seems to be a good compact solution:)
     
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    I have a centre rear speaker, and no, I don't think it's worth it. When I move, I'll not be setting it up like that again.
     
  9. alfablue

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    Thanks Shodan, thats food for thought. Do you think it is actually less good c/w 5.1 and / or are there any specific reasons why it didnt sound as you hoped?
     
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    Does your amp support 6.1? I find it hard to believe it makes your whole set up sound worse if anything it might not add to the experience but I doubt it'd affect it badly. When I went from 5.1 to 6.1 there was a definate improvenent when listening to sountracks that support a rear centre set up. (LOTR, blade 2 for example). Made the whole rear sound stage come to life more imo:)
     
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    Well, i bought the Mssion m7C1i yesterday (£49.99 at RS) and the results seem worthwhile to my ears during a brief listen last night (Gangs of New York). I think it might be better in my room, because the R & L rears are not far behgind the listening position, so the sound tends to polarise around them, I think the centre rear helps overcome this by filling the gap.

    I have yet to set it up with my SPL meter, then I'll try LOTR.

    By the way, the dimensions are ideal (just 125mm deep) for my situation.

    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    Interestingly at RS (where i get about 40% success rate with items being in stock), at first said they have none, but have a Kef thats better. When I declined (too bulky) and asked if i could buy the display one, they found they had several in stock. Not saying anything, just an observation.
     
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    I never said it made it worse!!!!!
    And yes my amp (Yammy RX-v 730rds, I think!) supports 6.1 EX etc. etc. My rears are quite close to my seating position so maybe that had something to do with it, but even with setting it up with AVIA, it hasn't managed to amaze me enough into thinking that having another speaker and cable there on show is worth the extra bit of sound!

    Just my two pennies worth! But if you don't give it a proper try, you'll never know!
     

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