Originally Posted by BIslander
No, it's not hyperbole. You want seamless transitions across the front. You may find a good match when mixing brands. But, I think you'd need to audition the combination, which is tough when buying online.
I agree and think one is better off by sticking to the same brands for the fronts and center. I think it is less likely to be a problem with un-matched surrounds. It is very important to match speaker timbre which is why companies make entire speaker systems to work with one another.