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upgrade center channel on 5.1??

HD Bengals fan
07-27-2006, 11:21 AM
I bought a new TV late last year and I have a decent Sony receiver that is a few years old. I recently bought a Monster THX 1000 fiber optic cable and Monster XPHP wall rated speaker wire. I am just getting around to hooking up the surround speakers I have and I am noticing that they are decent for the surround sound (all 5 are smaller KLH satellite type speakers) but with most of the sound coming out of the center channel, I am wondering if it would be worth it to invest in an upgrade to just the center channel speaker to replace one of the smaller satellite type speakers for that output. Has anyone else done this, do you have any suggestions on which center channel has the best output/best value? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

07-27-2006, 12:46 PM
Its really important that the speakers match (voice match) especially the front R,C,L so find another KLH or do yourself a huge favor and replace the whole lot of em.

HD Bengals fan
07-27-2006, 01:08 PM
thanks for the feedback. That was one of the things I was worried about. I am new to the home audio game so I am trying to learn on the fly. any other suggestions or pitfalls I should watch out for?

07-27-2006, 01:21 PM
I dont even know where to start.

Well find a comfortable budget

Match speakers brand and line (example: Infinity, Primus)

speaker position is important, Center should be in the middle of the screen directly below or above and the tweeters to the front three should be within 1' of each other (give or take depends on seating position) Right and Left should be an equal distance from each other and the center channel (example: 6' apart and 2' from the center) Surround at least as high up on the wall as your ears when your standing they should not be directly aimed at your ears they are for effects and should not over power your fronts. Also the front R,L tweeter should be at ear level of seating position.

Subwoofer placement depends on the frq rang of your fronts if your fronts dont carry alot of bass say 100hz is the low range. Your sub should be closer to them to carry some of the midbass and mid extension set the crossover accordingly.

any more question id be happy to help. A good website is hometheaterforum.com