I recently sold my center and now may be in need of another one to match my Linn's. THe old center was a Def Tech which suprisingly did not do a bad job matching with my new mains. Still, I had to replace it because of my quest for the best front soundstage with a "matching" center. I have notice most HT'ers use a center and some 2ch first guys use no center. I have tried the phantom option on my EAD but cannot hear spoken passages too well unless I raise the vol at near REF:levels (Loud). In the sweet spot things seem to be ok but soon as you move just a bit left or right of the screen, I lose the descreteness that 5.1 gives me. I thought that it should sound better w/o compromises? It's what I've read. True?