Speaker Confusion

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  1. Brian Sokol

    Brian Sokol Extra

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    I have a simple newbie question. I do not have the space to add a sub or rear speakers to a new HT at this time. If I were to add 3 speakers at this time to be placed in the front of my room near the TV/reciever do I get a center channel speaker and 2 surround speakers? Do the surrounds have to be used in the rear? What do I look for.I was looking at something like the JBL Trio135 speakers but do the satellite speakers have to be used in the rear? Someone please help.[​IMG]
     
  2. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Brian,
    Welcome to the forum!
    Ok step back, sit down, take a deep breath. It will be okay!
    I know at first it seems overwhelming! [​IMG]
    No you do not have to do it "all at once" and yes you most
    certainly can buy a piece here, buy a piece there and upgrade
    as time and money permits.
    Generally speaking the best setup for home theater is to
    have the "exact" same speakers from left to center to right
    and the same ones in the back (left surround, right surround
    and surround back)
    Of course this is not a rule that is set in stone, but it
    makes the system work well. The goal behind "identical" speakers
    is that when an effect happens on screen, say a tractor trailer
    is roaring past you from the left to the right side of the
    room. With identical speakers you are assured that this truck
    will continue to sound like a truck as it rolls across the
    front sound stage. Sometimes with missmatched speakers you
    can wind up having that truck sound like a moped when it
    hits the center channel and back to sounding like a truck
    when it hits the right hand main speaker. This is no good
    for faithfull accurate reproduction of movie sound tracks.
    Whatever you decide on, try to get identical satelites or
    at least use speakers from the same "series" from the same
    manufacturer as these tend to be "Timbre Matched" and will
    sound the same if not very close.
    Make any sense?
     
  3. Brian Sokol

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    Yes that makes sense. My confusion is that I know in a typical HT setup there are 6 speakers: 2 rear, 2 front, center and sub. I am looking for the 2 front and a center. If I only have this will I not hear certain parts of a DVD because I do not have a sub or rear speakers? Also can you recommend some speakers to look at (center/2 front) in the 150-200 range?

    thanks
     
  4. AbelM

    AbelM Second Unit

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    Brian:
    Try a CV or Yamaha speaker package for that amount of money. This way you get decent start up speakers and you get all of them!! [​IMG]
    ***The only one I know of of hand is the Yamaha NS-P2001/2 it's like $175-$200...
     
  5. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Brian,

    To awnser your question the easy way is to say YES.

    With only a center and a left and right (front) you will

    be completly missing all of the surround effects produced

    on the Dolby Digital and DTS DVD soundtracks.

    If waiting to get the rest of the speakers does not seem

    like a great option what you could do is hold off on buying

    any speakers untill you have at least $500.00 set aside.

    For $500.00 or slighly less there are many "package" home

    theater speaker sets available and most are very good.

    There are 2 particular sets that come to mind. The Acoustic

    Research HC6 package (Can be had on the net for $399.00)

    or the JBL NSP1 Package. I can't vouch for the sound of either

    of these package setups but I can say the AR set has won

    praise reviews by Perfect Vision magazine and it comes with

    a powered sub.

    Many others will chime in and say the JBL setup is a great

    purchase as well. And there may be other sets in this price

    range from other companies like Home Theater Direct and PSB

    and Axiom and some other companies that are held in high

    reguard on this forum and many others.

    Also to take advantage of all the speakers you must have

    the receiver to do the processing and to power all of these

    speakers. Do you have a Receiver or DVD Player yet?

    If the awnser is no, then perhaps you could check out some

    of the "HTiB" or Home Theater in a Box packages that are

    offered by Sony, Onkyo, KenWood,Dennon,Yamaha and some other

    well knowns in the audio industry.
     

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