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towers for surround

mahonri
02-11-2006, 08:44 PM
I was just wondering if I would benifit from towers for surround, providing they are from the same manufacturer? Could a good bookshelf speaker be better than an actual center speaker for the center channel? thank you.

iserum
02-12-2006, 01:56 PM
bookshelf will be better as surround sound cahnnel is not used much it is the center and fronts.

Camdogg
02-13-2006, 09:39 AM
bookshelf will be better as surround sound cahnnel is not used much it is the center and fronts.
I don't mean to disagree, but I guarantee that a tower speaker at any price point up until about $1.5 K will not sound as good as a comparably priced bookshelf from the same manufacturer. To further this point, if you're running a sub most of us have our cross overs at or around 80Hz, which would basically make those extra drivers in a tower useless. The lone caveat being that for true 2 channel stereo (no sub as in 2.1) it's beneficial to have the extra drivers to be able to handle the lower freq, but most of those under $1K can only get down to about 60 to 40-ish Hz (they just don't make the 10" woofer in a tower much anymore to have it go lower - although 4 6" would work).
This came as sort of a revelation after much research into a system I'm looking to put together. I read much about this on other forums and spoke with those in the high-end audio field. I kept getting the same advice. Then I demo-ed and tested this and found this to be very true. The sound from bookshelf speakers were much better than a similarly priced tower from same line, when coupled with a good sub. I wish I would have been told this before I put together my current system.