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The most important speaker in a HT is....

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Joe Maiurro, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Joe Maiurro

    Joe Maiurro Well-Known Member

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    Which one do you guys think is the most important?
     
  2. Hartwig Hanser

    Hartwig Hanser Well-Known Member

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    center. It contains almost all dialogue and lots of music and noises.
     
  3. Johnny Ayala

    Johnny Ayala Well-Known Member

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    Sub............gotta be the sub. Try looking at a movie without it after you've had one. You'll see what I mean. Johnny [​IMG]
     
  4. JawhnM

    JawhnM Well-Known Member

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    All speakers have a purpose and certain elements are lost if each one does not fulfill that purpose. Having said that, I would say the Center Channel speaker is the MOST important.

    THIS IS OVERLY SIMPLIFIED!!!

    1. The Surround speakers give you that sense of envelopment.
    2. The Main L/R speakers greatly enhance the soundstage and musical score.
    3. The Sub adds impact and depth.
    4. With all of the above and a lousy Center Channel speaker, the dialogue becomes hard to understand and not centered to the screen , which would tend to make the entire movie VERY unenjoyable (unless your watching a Charlie Chaplin movie).
     
  5. ChrisMatson

    ChrisMatson Well-Known Member

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    Center. With that said, there are those who prefer splitting center channel to the main speakers. I like the sound of a firmly planted center speaker so I know the sound is coming from the screen.
     
  6. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Well-Known Member

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    Te most important speaker is also the one that usually gets the least glorification - Centre
     
  7. ChrisLazarko

    ChrisLazarko Well-Known Member

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    I agree, the center speaker is the most important.

    In regards to the subwoofer though. It stinks to not have one but i'd rather hear what is going on in a movie then just hear a boom every once in a while.
     
  8. Stelios

    Stelios Well-Known Member

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    Now in a set of various brand speakers, I have noticed that the center speaker is the same as the L & R and surrounds. Does this mean then that the receiver is the one that determines the quality of the center one?

    Stelios
     
  9. RolandM

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    I'm going to disagree a little about the centre speaker... IMO if you actually have a centre then it becomes very important that the centre you have is a good one. IOW if you have a centre speaker then it is the most important speaker in the setup, IMO. If you don't have a centre and your room isn't very big (and perhaps also if your TV isn't that big) then the dialogue can still sound pretty centred if you ask me.

    I can see that in some situations having the centre might become more important though.

    Like Johnny, I am tempted to say the sub as well because of the above opinion of mine...

    I think in a low-cost set up you can get away without the centre but you can't get away with a budget centre speaker in a higher cost system (and nobody would try anyway)...
     
  10. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Well-Known Member

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    Debating this red herring of a question is best done in the area devoted to the discussion of speaker systems. It's not a Basics area type of discussion.
     
  11. GeorgeJM

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    The center is the most important, but a sub has has the most WOW! factor. Take away the sub and it's not as thrilling of an experience. Take away the center and you'll be missing 1/2 or more of the movie.
     
  12. Reginald Trent

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    I'm gonna disagree with the premise of the question. Because I don't thing any one speaker is more important than the other. They are all needed to make the ideal audio presentation of the DVD/video. A strong argument could be made that the center speaker is the least needed speaker in a HT setup. Keep in mind some people prefer no center speaker and run theirs in the phantom mode. While others run their systems without a sub, prefering to hear the lows from their mains.
     
  13. george_k

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    I agree with what Reginald said...a good set of tower speakers could produce both upper and lower frequencies.

    Personally, if I could go back in time, using the same budget I spent on my current setup, I'd buy a good quality stereo receiver and a pair of really good tower speakers.
     
  14. Brian OK

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    If I may,

    your front trio is the seamless "front" speaker. Without the front stage intact (same speakers, in other words) then it is a matter of spurious psycoacoustical calculations after that.
    Granted, the center is dialogue laden, but if you do not have the same tweeter and bass drivers up front then it is a matter of variables and degrees after that. Purely subjective. But that is the love of audio ;^) ...go figure. So enjoy what you strive for.
    It really does matter. IMO and IME.

    PS- if you are a bass head, then ignore this reply ............ if you enjoy musical speakers then you will nod

    BOK
     
  15. John Garcia

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    I agree with Brian, all 3 of the front speakers are the most important, and having them be as similar as possible is of great benefit to the listener.

    Sub is a very close second in my book [​IMG]
     
  16. Lewis Besze

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    The center channel carries about 70% of the data,so do the "math".Ragading the "fold in" option,I've never seen a decent HT that didn't have a dedicated center speaker,nor anyone "reputable" would recommend skipping it.
     
  17. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Well-Known Member

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    The most important speaker in a home theater is?: The Wife!

    When she speaks you listen![​IMG]

    (So glad I don't have that particular speaker in my setup!)
     
  18. Stelios

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    You can say that again Brett!
    The WIFE is the center speaker,left,right and sometimes under....

    Stelios
     
  19. Kevin. W

    Kevin. W Well-Known Member

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    For me its this little baby.

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    Matched with a pair of these at the front.

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    With a pair of these are the rear.

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    A finally one of these for bass.

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    All working in harmony to bring me the sound I want to hear. Overall I think in HT the center channel is the most important and for 2ch music its the fronts.

    Kevin
     
  20. Chris Tabor

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    i've always heard the center was most important but its just as easy to send the signal to your mains. I think the most important speaker(depending on what your speakers are) is the subwoofer. If you have large mains that can handle the bass then I would say the mains would be most important. But if you have smaller speakers that need a sub then the sub would be first. Basically it all depends on the setup you have i'd say.
     

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