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Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Hello, can anyone help me understand what I need to look for when trying to match a center speaker with my existing L/R speakers. I am totally in the dark on this subject. I would go to one the stores in my area but all they ever want to do is sell you something you don't need.

These two JVC speakers sound great and I see no reason yet to get rid of them.

Here are the specs for my two existing speakers per the Service Manual:

JVC Model SK-404
Type: 3-Way, 3-speaker system Bass Reflex
Woofer: 12" cone type
Midrange: 5" cone type
Tweeter: 2 1/4" cone type
Power Handling: 120W (peak) 60W (RMS)
Frequency response: 35~20,000 Hz
Impedence: 8 ohms
Sound Pressure Level: 92db (at 1m)
Crossover Frequency: 3,000 Hz, 8,000 Hz

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Desi

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Being the "Stereophile" site many here don't really care about surround sound.
Movie sound tracks are dialog and special effects that don't sound real but are there to sound impressive.
So accuracy probably is not important. Dynamic range is important and you don't want a speaker that has a sensitivity rating that is too far from the sensitivity rating of the rest of your speakers. You will have to balance the levels of all your speakers to match and it might be possible to not have enough adjustment range if the speakers are to different in their sensitivity.
The center speaker is mainly for dialog so you might want to chose a speaker that does a good job reproducing voice.

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Being the "Stereophile" site many here don't really care about surround sound.

Speak for yourself.


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Movie sound tracks are dialog and special effects that don't sound real but are there to sound impressive.
So accuracy probably is not important. Dynamic range is important and you don't want a speaker that has a sensitivity rating that is too far from the sensitivity rating of the rest of your speakers. You will have to balance the levels of all your speakers to match and it might be possible to not have enough adjustment range if the speakers are to different in their sensitivity.
The center speaker is mainly for dialog so you might want to chose a speaker that does a good job reproducing voice.

And one that is timbre-matched to the ones you have or else any sounds panned from side to side will vary in tone as they do.

Sorry I cannot recommend a match for those JVCs.

Kal

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Thank you for your ideas.

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Thanks Kal for the advice I will do a little research using this information and hopefully I can something.

I hope I did not offend anyone with my question because like many others out there in the world I just like listening to all types of good music.

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Desi

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

No one here should be offended by your question unless they are a stereo snob.
I do use surround sound and integrated it into my stereo system. I just put my focus into the stereo system and don't put as much effort into the surround setup.

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

IMHO,unless you're watching movies with friends,spouse or gr
you do not need a center channel speaker.Another reason to get one is if your 2 main loudspeakers are spread apart very
widely.If you watch movies by yourself , you do not need one
The main purpose of a center speaker is to enable more than one viewer to "feel" the dialoque coming from the tv/screen.

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IMHO,unless you're watching movies with friends,spouse or gr
you do not need a center channel speaker.

If the source has a discrete center channel, you need to reproduce it discretely. Mixing into the L/R will never recover the information correctly.


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Another reason to get one is if your 2 main loudspeakers are spread apart very
widely.

For stereo? Nah. Move the speakers.


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If you watch movies by yourself , you do not need one
The main purpose of a center speaker is to enable more than one viewer to "feel" the dialoque coming from the tv/screen.

See first point above.

Kal

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Can he not just listen to the stereo two-track version on the DVD and get all of the audio information?

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Can he not just listen to the stereo two-track version on the DVD and get all of the audio information?

Depends. All the notes will be there but the spatial information will be compromised.

Kal

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

Thanks!

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Re: Match a center channel speaker with existing front pair

I want to thank everyone for their comments and suggestions. I went to my local Best Buy, Fry's and Magnolia Hi Fi to audition the speakers they had in their stores and settled on a set of JBL L880's. I started early in the morning so there wasn't much traffic in any of the stores and I was able to give every thing a good listen. I hope to have them in my hot little hands by Wednesday.

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Desi

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