Center Channel Question

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Alexander Kuch, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. Alexander Kuch

    Mar 2, 2005
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    I have two floor standing onkyo speakers and i set them to stereo sound obviously, but if i bought a center channel speaker, can i get the vocals out of it without having two surrounds. So i will be using three speakers. Obviously i cant get dolby digital. Will the sounds be misplaced?
  2. Cees Alons

    Cees Alons Moderator

    Jul 31, 1997
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    Cees Alons
    Hello Alexander,

    Yes, if you don't have surround speakers (yet), you can still get center sound. This can be achieved either by Dolby Pro-Logic or Dolby Digital. Most receivers will have a setting that allows you to declare 'no surrounds'. It may be labeled "3-way", or so.

    Of course you won't get "real DD" (yet), but it certainly will be better than you may think now!

    On a personal note: I think I would consider adding two surrounds first, if possible, and the center later. If your receiver/decoder has a 'no center' setting, the two main speakers will be able to replace the function of the center speaker in a really acceptable way. The effect of the surrounds will dramatically enhance your DD experience.


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