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matching series/brand. how important is it?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Alex_Hutton, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Alex_Hutton

    Alex_Hutton Member

    Feb 22, 2002
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    Right now i'm thinking of getting a new receiver....

    I have JBL northridge N38 fronts
    Polk Audio CS1 center channel
    JBL northridge e250p 12" powered subwoofer
    Infinity SL30 bookshelf rears

    receiver to be either a pioneer or Yamaha

    how important would it be to get a JBL northridge center and rears? I feel rears arent that important anyway since they are 'separated' so much from the fronts but I know some feel that the center should be voicematched... the center i have is perfectly capable though when compared to northridge center channels. I dont really wnat to spend the extra cash.. how important is it?
  2. ThomasC

    ThomasC Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2001
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    If it sounds fine to you, don't spend any more money.
  3. Luis Gabriel Gerena

    Luis Gabriel Gerena Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2000
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    I agree with Tom...the only thing you need to make sure is YOU are happy so if you like them the way they are then save some $$$.

    Regards :)
  4. Ed Moxley

    Ed Moxley Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2003
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    If you're happy with the center and rears you have, don't worry about it.
    The reason for timbre matching, is when sounds pan left to right, and front to back. If the speakers don't match, when a pan starts on the left, and goes to the center, the sound can be totally different, then back to the original sound, when it goes from center to right (all in one fluid motion). Same when panning front to rear.
    That can sound horrible to some people, because sounds don't do that in real life (change tones in middle of passing by you). If having a different tone like that, doesn't bother you, you're good to go. [​IMG]
  5. JohnRice

    JohnRice Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2000
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    I'm in basic agreement. If you have been content up to now, you will continue to be. On the other hand, if you have the opportunity to audition a matched center, with the option to return it, you might do so before buying a new receiver. Just to find out of the money is better spent that way.

    I did the same thing. My L/R are so expensive, there is no way I can justify buying a matched center. I tried out several alternatives and found I already owned a pair of Mission bookshelves which matched them to my satisfaction. So, I have been using one of them for my center.

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