Speaker Upgrade and Center Channel ?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Everett Painter, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. Everett Painter

    Apr 25, 2000
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    Hey guys...I'm getting ready to upgrade from small surrounds to larger speakers. I'm on a real tight budget and have KLH speakers. I know that a lot of folks have issues with these but that's all I can afford and I have really had a good experience with them.
    I currently have there as my main L/R speakers:
    I want to go with these as my rear L/R and 1 as my center channel:http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=...cat=15&scat=17
    Ok...these are all large, full range speakers. Are there any issues (besides space and placement) that I should consider before doing this?
    With all of these large speakers...should I keep my sub; would it be necessary?
    And finally, I have heard both ways. Is it better to use a regular speaker for the center channel of should I go with one designed for center use?
    I would appreciate any advice you guys could give me.
  2. Adam Bluhm

    Adam Bluhm Supporting Actor

    Feb 9, 2002
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    Off hand, these speakers look like good matches. They house the same size woofers and midranges.
    Obviously, the best center channel is a match to your other four speakers, assuming they're all the same. However, very few have five of the same speakers. I believe timbre matching is the most important, and it appears they'd be a good match all around.
    As for a sub.. well, I'm no expert. They have a wonderful range down to 20 Hz, so as long as you have enough power pumping through them to take advantage of that range, a sub would not be as important with this setup than with other setups.
    ..like mine for example. [​IMG] I'm only +/-3dB through 48Hz with my front channels, so a sub is more needed with my setup.
    I also noticed that the drivers are not aligned on the smaller speakers. That's a pretty basic rule for DIY, which many people don't follow for aesthetic reasons. I'm just intrigued that a cheaper speaker followed that rule and many, many of the higher priced ones don't.
    BTW, leave the covers on. I like the look of aligned drivers, myself. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    On second look, that was the best place for the port, I guess.

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