Front Speaker Setup/ 3 centers

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  1. Domonic A

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    I am still debateing between the Energy Connoisseur C-C3 or the B&W LCR600 S3. I am going to be using the room for mainly movies.

    Is it a wise choice to use 3 centers up front or 1 center and 2 bookshelves? I have been told that I will get a much better experience using three centers.
     
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    I am still debateing between the Energy Connoisseur C-C3 or the B&W LCR600 S3. I am going to be using the room for mainly movies.

    Is it a wise choice to use 3 centers up front or 1 center and 2 bookshelves? I have been told that I will get a much better experience using three centers.
     
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    Three centers – assuming they are a woofer-tweeter-woofer arrangement - will have a tightly focused soundstage. That would be fine if you’re the only viewer, but if you view with other people, it might not be the best choice.

    Personally I’d go with only one center, or three bookshelf speakers.

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    Three centers – assuming they are a woofer-tweeter-woofer arrangement - will have a tightly focused soundstage. That would be fine if you’re the only viewer, but if you view with other people, it might not be the best choice.

    Personally I’d go with only one center, or three bookshelf speakers.

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    So, ideally, all the HT speakers should be identical.

    Due to the decorator police (WAF/SAF), then at the very least identical speakers for the Fronts, Side and Rear Surround locations w/timbre-matched center speaker.

    Read Dr. Floyd Toole entire Loudspeakers and Rooms for Multichannel Audio Reproduction white paper (Part 1 of 3) for a complete loudspeaker(s) vs. room discussion.

    Hope this helps,
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    So, ideally, all the HT speakers should be identical.

    Due to the decorator police (WAF/SAF), then at the very least identical speakers for the Fronts, Side and Rear Surround locations w/timbre-matched center speaker.

    Read Dr. Floyd Toole entire Loudspeakers and Rooms for Multichannel Audio Reproduction white paper (Part 1 of 3) for a complete loudspeaker(s) vs. room discussion.

    Hope this helps,
    Phil
     
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    I would (and did) go with three bookshelf speakers. The center speaker is an aesthetic compromise to allow for placement below or above a display. The problem is that it changes the dispersion pattern as opposed to the right and left speakers. Most folks won't notice, but once they do, they cannot ignore it.

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    I would (and did) go with three bookshelf speakers. The center speaker is an aesthetic compromise to allow for placement below or above a display. The problem is that it changes the dispersion pattern as opposed to the right and left speakers. Most folks won't notice, but once they do, they cannot ignore it.

    David
     

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