Do I need a center spkr.?

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  1. Bill-Shan

    Bill-Shan Auditioning

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    I'm putting together my first home theater system. I have three NHT SB-2's that I was told could be used in the front with one being used as a center speaker. I had planned to buy an NHT SC-1 for the center speaker. My question....as a newbie with "untrained" ears, will I notice a difference between the SB-2 and the SC-1 that is used in the center?
    Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.
     
  2. ross ish

    ross ish Stunt Coordinator

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    The sb2 would sound better than the sc1; that is as long as you are not laying the sb2 on its side and are willing to have a center that is upright.

    In most cases, the main speaker will always sound better than its specialized counterpart. For pure Aesthetically, manufacturers produce a sonically compromised center channel in the basic mtm configuration. There are inherit problems with this horizontal configuration when used as a center channel.
     
  3. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    I 100% agree with Ross. Use identical speakers if you can. If the center is "too high", you could tilt it some so it "faces" the sweet spot a little bit better. Helps with imaging and proper freq response.
     
  4. Danny Tse

    Danny Tse Producer

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    I agree as well with the identical L/C/R speaker setup. One more thing, make sure they are all equal distance from your listening position; if the 3 speakers are on the same horizontal plane, then your center speaker is actually closer to you.
     
  5. Bill-Shan

    Bill-Shan Auditioning

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    Thanks for all the help....
     

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