Using Center Speakers as Surround Sound

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chris Rod, Dec 10, 2002.

  1. Chris Rod

    Chris Rod Auditioning

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    What are the pro's and con's of using center speakers as surround sound's.
     
  2. Rich Malloy

    Rich Malloy Producer

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    Re "cons", the lateral Woofer-Tweeter-Woofer design doesn't allow for ideal dispersion (it's a design compromise due to the center speaker vying for space with a TV screen). However, if you have a couple of matching center speakers, you can simply turn them sidewise and eliminate such so-called "lobing" effects (giving you a vertical w-t-w layout).

    There are no "pros" that I can tell.
     
  3. Dave Kalloch

    Dave Kalloch Stunt Coordinator

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    Interesting. I run Klipsch SS-1's for surrounds, which just happen to use the woofer-tweeter-woofer config that Rich refers to. So, in my particular situation, what would be best, using another SS-1, an SC-1 front center, or a bookshelf type speaker for my rear center? I've been doing searches on this topic and can't find a quick answer.
     
  4. Brian Olsen

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    I'm in your boat. WOndering if I should use the center (as recommended by a hi-fi store in my area) or just another rear speaker.
     

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