Originally Posted by Theresa
Originally Posted by kraut
Funny that "advisor"...klipsch designed the heresy originally to be a center speaker for the klipschorn and the laScale etc...
I guess klipsch clearly was out to destroy the integrity of the image and did give diddle squat about the build in (ftf does that mean, anyway?) "visual placement'..that one cracked me up...
Something I read decades ago was that Bell Labs, when inventing stereo, recommended a center speaker.
Very true. There are dozens of references to this on the web, some from origional documents of the era.
Moving forward there is this what I find to be a rather interesting document:
"The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Recommendations For Surround Sound Production"
It contains what appears to be a wealth of current wisdom and historical facts, including:
"Throughout the 1930s, scientists at Bell Laboratories experimented with various
multichannel audio formats, including three-channel stereo (left, center, right). In
1938, Walt Disney conceived the idea of adding surround sound to his upcoming
cinematic release, Fantasia. Accordingly, Disney engineers developed a
technology called Fantasound, which stored three channels of audio and a
control track on the film itself, with playback through five channels: three front
speakers and two rear ones — a speaker configuration that, sans subwoofer,
was remarkably prescient of the 5.1 arrangement in common use today. In the
process of recording the film’s soundtrack, those same engineers also —
astonishingly — invented panning, multitrack recording, and overdubbing! "
While my current AV system does not include a center channel speaker several of its predecessors did, even when the only source material available was 2 channel (LPs, analog tape, FM).
For me it is all about the sound. When my speaker system did not, as deployed and listened to did not provide an adequate central image, the center channel speaker was a good solution. At one point I schemed to have an indentical center channel speaker when the speakers I used were only sold commercially in pairs!
My current system is listened to from a greater distance and is able to provide an adequate central image using 2 toed-in soffit-mounted speakers. So no center channel speaker is required.
If the situation changes, my approach will change.
I listen to a great many very fine systems with center speakers and find that in a well-designed system that needs one, a center channel speaker is a strong advantage.