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Question about mixing & matching speakers

05-24-2007, 09:54 AM
Some more questions I have..

I already have 2 monitor speakers that I plan to use as the 2 front speakers in a 5.1 setup.

Because I am on a strict budget, i want to try to build slowly, each speaker at a time as opposed to just buying a complete 5.1 speaker package.

Is this possible to do? Or will i run into problems?

Don't different speakers require different amounts of power to be driven? like different impedance (is that the right word?), so for example if I buy 2 speakers to use in the back of the setup, but they are different impedance than the front speakers, won't this effect the balance of the system?

I don't know if impedance is the right word to use, but I hope you understand what I'm getting at.

Another question I have, because I'm on a strict budget and I'm trying to create the most efficient setup possible for the money, is there a specific part of the 5.1 setup that is, let's say not as important. From what I understand the main front speaker is the most important because most of the sound and dialogue comes through this speaker, but what about the back side speakers? Basically what I'm getting at is if there is a certain area, that's not as important, maybe I can just get a really cheapo speaker for that part (for now), while investing more money in the more important parts.

Any recommendations would be appreciated, I feel like I'm getting into this kind of blind.

05-28-2007, 10:13 PM
It will also depend on your surround sound receiver. Some are more adept at dealing with different speakers and allow manual configuration to allow you to address the disparities in design.

05-29-2007, 06:53 AM
You should keep your speakers at the same OHM, or impedence. That's because most receivers can accommodate either but not different ones at the same time. 8 ohm is easiest for receivers. 6 starts to stress some, and 4 is too much.

My personal feeling is you don't really need a center speaker, if you set your receiver to "no center" it will send dialog just fine to your two fronts.

And you should go to the manufacturer site of your two fronts and see what they recommend as best for rears. You may not be able to afford their best speakers, but write down the specs for the rears they recommend and try to approximate that in the ones you buy.

A sub really adds depth to the set up if you can get one.

05-29-2007, 10:47 AM
If your A/V receiver will allow you to set-up your speakers in a couple of groups, "front", "center", "rear" is not uncommon, then you can do some mixing of components to save money. You are correct, the two front speakers are the most important, center is next, subwoofer, and then the rear speakers.

do a google search on these little Best Buy house brand bookshelf speakers, they are quite good for the modest cost.


I know the 5.1 purists will disagree, but my order of purchase was front, center, subwoofer and the rear speakers were last on the list. I did without rear/side speakers for a while and did not miss all that much. It was nice when I added them, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of the system as I added pieces when the budget allowed.

08-19-2007, 07:50 AM
Timbre matching is of paramount importance in a surround system and you should always match surrounds by brand and series to the mains. An imbalanced surround system (mixing speaker brands, improper timbre match) can sound very bad and you may become displeased/disgusted with the whole thing. And yes the center channel is one of the most important and must be matched to the front left and right. Stick with the same brand and series if possible to ward off any future sound imbalance problems.