Importance of matching mains & center speakers?

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  1. KyleRoussel

    KyleRoussel Stunt Coordinator

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    Is this important for sound quality (timbre matching, panning etc...) or more for preventing the speakers from being damaged? Or a little of both?
     
  2. Drew Eckhardt

    Drew Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    Sound quality. If you can't get a center that's a close enough match (this needn't be from the same vendor, may not match if from the same vendor, and may not even match well enough in your installation atop a television) and can sit up front I'd turn the center off.
     
  3. TylerZ

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    IMO it's very important to have the fronts and center timbre match. It will give you a better sound when watching a movie and sound travels from the left to center to right, or vice versa. Matching the rears to the fronts isn't as necessary.
     
  4. KyleRoussel

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    Cool, the reason I ask is because I have a pair of JBL S26 2's, the s-Center 2, but no rear surrounds yet. However, I do have a pair of Koda towers idle in the basement with 87 db sensitivity, so I was thinking about briging them out of retirement; either to replace the S26's as mains, or as surrounds. Does it make sense to have towers as rears?
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    As long as you have room for the rears, towers should work fine.

    Although some people like the speakers 6 feet above your ear height, I've found having the tweeters on the rears match the height on the fronts give a better experience. (Largely, it varies from movie to movie).

    Even low-sensitivity speakers will work fine for the rears. Unlike a 2-channel stereo system where both speakers are driven all the time, your rear speakers are only active about... 30% of a movie. You are not likely to over-heat your receiver like this.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Sihan Goi

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    Well, one thing you could do if you want to is to use the Coda's as mains for a while and see if you are disturbed by the difference. Who knows? You might like it, and that's all that matters isn't it?
     
  7. KyleRoussel

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    Sure is!

    I'll definetly try them in front, but I took the covers off and they're really cheaply made! I'm skeptical at best, but as long as I'm not damaging anything, I'll try it. Thanks!
     
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  9. KyleRoussel

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    I was thinking about doing that. I could also get a great deal on some N-26's as well. A way better deal than the S26-2.
     
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  11. KyleRoussel

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    What a failed, miserable experiment! Those Kodas suck the big one!!!! no guts whatsoever, even when set to large.

    Phil, looks like I'll wait until I can afford a couple more S-26's!
     

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