How Crucial is It For Surrounds to Match the Fronts?

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  1. Larry Sutliff

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    The subject title says it all. I'm using the old Rat Shack Pro-LX5 Lineaum speakers as my surrounds, and the Polk RTi28's as my mains(I use a Phantom center)and an old Cambridge Soundworks subwoofer. I don't notice any major mismatch between the front and the back, but I hate to think I might be missing something. Any input appreciated.
     
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    Well, first and foremost, the Phantom center should be addressed into a matching center for the fronts - from there matching the surrounds isnt truly critical unless you are extremely picky and watch a ton of movies over music, etc.....

    But without a center - it just isnt right....the center properly handle the dialogue while the fronts handle the ambience & music....You are missing alot with a true dedicated matched center....
     
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    You are missing out on some SPL, but really you aren't missing anything by using a phantom center.

    I'd probably upgrade the rears to something at least closer to the Polks (something from Polk), but it isn't that critical unless you are doing a lot of multi-channel music (DVD, DVD-A, SACD). In other words, you aren't "missing" anything by not having matched rears, but you will notice a better overall ballance by matching them.
     
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    The surround speakers in an actual movie dubbing stage aren't anywhere identical to the front main speakers, so if it's OK where the films are mixed, it should be OK for your home.
     
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    Larry,
    I believed it was the RT25i that Stereophile mag reviewed in their Sept. 2001 issue, not the RTi28. The RTi28 replaced the RT25i. The main difference between the two is the 25 has the tri-laminate tweeter and the 28 has the reworked silk/polymer tweeter. Both however are a great value for the price.
     
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    Depends on what you're using your system for.

    Movies, esp. with rears set to "small": Not much.
    DVD-A or SACD: A lot.
     
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