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Speaker Configuration for Music, Movies....

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Adam D, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. Adam D

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    Hi.

    In a 3.1 system, what is the best or most appropriate setup for music listening? Is it to configure the receiver to play only through the two mains and sub (eliminate the center channel)? OR put everything into stereo??? Or is it just whatever you want?

    Then for movies, I prefer to hear the spoken dialog from the center speaker, especially because my aging ears can focus on a particular speaker, BUT, is that the best approach or are there other ways to set this up and why?

    So I'm curious how you guys do it.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. JohnRice

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    I definitely prefer no center channel with music. Not everyone agrees, instead suggesting music surround modes. I think that sounds unnatural. I keep the sub running, for a 2.1 system.

    Definitely 3.1 for video sources.
     
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    For movies, 3.1 is probably the best option, since you’ll get the center channel dialogue.

    For music, go with what sounds best to you. :)
     
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    Like JohnRice, I prefer 2.1 for music. A center creates a soundfield that seems unnatural to me.
     

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