TV speakers as center channel?

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  1. JasonKZ

    JasonKZ Stunt Coordinator

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    I was looking at the Sony 51 inch widescreen (KP-51HW40) and noticed that one of the features was that the there was an input for the center channel speaker on the TV so that the center would come from the TV speakers. Has anyone tried this? Would the sound quality be comparable to that of an average center channel speaker on top of the TV?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KeithH

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    Jason, I haven't tried this, but I would have to guess that a respectable, dedicated center speaker would be better than the one on the Sony TV. Besides, it is better to have a center speaker from the same product line as your mains for timbre matching.
     
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    In most cases, a TV's built-in speakers are of very low quality. You would be much better off running your receiver in "phantom center" mode than using TV speakers for your center channel.
     
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    Thanks for your responses. The only specs I could find on the speakers on the SONY site were "Dynamic Acoustic Chamber (DAC) Speaker System (20 Watts x 2)" so you are right, 40 watts for a center channel would be pretty weak.
     
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    Like KeithH said, you really want all your speakers matched correctly, this makes a big difference for home theater. Try to find something that matches your L/R front's nd it will sound much better.
     
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    I thought you would never ask!!

    I actually have done it, and I am pleased with the

    results. However, I needed a pre-amp or a receiver

    with:

    1) Center channel equalizer

    2) Low level outputs for each channel.

    Receiver - Yam HTR-5280

    TV - WEGA 32"

    Main Speakers - JBL N38s

    Room size: 20 x 19 half of a 20 x 38 open space.

    I found out:

    1) TV amp 2/3 volume = 80db at 15 feet

    2) Equalizer is a MUST!

    JRS
     

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