I have read a lot of people say that dialogue is supposed to come primarily from your center speaker and not from your left and right front speakers. I have a 5.1 system. And I used Avia and a sound meter to set my speakers at the same level. While dialogue seemed to be properly oriented to the picture, it seemed to just generally come from the front soundstage. I never got the feeling that it was primarily coming from my center speaker. I recently changed my system so my audio signal skips the surround sound processor in my receiver and instead goes through an external surround sound processor (which I assume is better than the one in my receiver). I then again used Avia and my sound meter to set my speakers at the same level. While I have not noticed any change in full surround sound scenes (such as the dance scenes in Moulin Rouge or the battle scenes in Master & Commander), I have noticed that is dialogue intensive scenes, the dialogue now seems to come primarily from the center speaker. I specifically notice that I have a center speaker now, instead of just noticing that I have a good front soundstage in general. Can anyone tell me what what I have explained if my prior set up was correct or if this new set up is correct? Should dialogue literally come primarily from the center speaker? Or should you not be able to tell that it is actually coming from your center speaker as opposed to your other front speakers? It may be that I had it set up all wrong before, and now that it is correctly set up, I just have to let my ears get used to the new sound. But if my new set up is wrong, I want to correct that before I have guests over to watch a movie. Anyone have any thoughts? As I said, both set ups seem to orient the sound correctly vis-a-vis the picture. And both seem fine when in very active full surround sound scenes.