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  1. Paul_Fisher

    Paul_Fisher Screenwriter

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    OK, here is what I'm thinking of doing. Here is my setup as of now.

    Fronts: Paradigm Mini Monitors

    Center: Kenwood HTB 401

    Rears: Kenwood HTB 401

    Sub: Sony WM 40

    Receiver: Kenwood 208

    Here is my dilema, I calibrated my HT yesterday using the S&V disk just so everything would be calibrated. The one problem I have is obviously the front soundstage. The mini monitors don't go real well with the Kenwood. It sounds pretty awful actually, you can really tell a difference in the sound quality of the mini's as compared to the Kenwood when a sound pans through the front soundstage. Anyway, I'm in college and I don't have $300 to spend on a CC-370, so I was thinking about finding 1 mini monitor to use as my center channel so I would have a seamless front soundstage. Is this ok? Does anybody think this is a bad idea? I appreciate your alls input.
     
  2. Dave Schofield

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    If you are sitting on-axis (ie, in the 'sweet spot') the center channel isn't completely necessary. Try just turning on the 'phantom center' option on your receiver. Unfortunately, a pair of shielded Minis is ~$400, so you don't end up saving much over a shielded CC-370 ($300 in some places vs. $200 for 1/2 of the Mini pair).
     
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    I second testing your system without the center channel. That's how I have my system set up and I prefer it over one with a center channel speaker.
     
  4. Paul_Fisher

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    The only problem with that is my receiver doesn't have a "phantom" setting for the center channel.
     
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    That isn't possible. At the very least you should have an option that says "Center - Yes/No" choose No and it does the phantom calcs.
     
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    OK, I see. I just turned the center channel to off. I was confused because of the phantom thing. Now the sound is downmixed to the main speakers. This does help a little. The dialogue is much better now. Thanks for your help.
     

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