Originally Posted by dekard
Wow, that's a lot of words. Even if they're all true, the effects will apply equally to a set of speakers that are matched and a set that aren't match. So, it's irrelevant.
If by 'irrelevant' you mean that trying to timbre match a center speaker to the left and right speaker is, due to the effects of SBIR and room modes, less relevant than many think, then I will agree.
Besides, you are talking about frequency response and EQ curves, voice matching has little to do with a standard freq\eq. It's more about tone and SQ, which frequency graphs are quite bad at demonstrating.
That is pretty much *exactly* what I said, i.e., "no amount of EQ is going to help fix that problem because an accurate un-smoothed hi res waterfall plot says a thousand times more about timbre than any frequency response curve ever will
, with or without the EQ."
I've run matched and unmatched speakers and you can easily tell the differences. Can you still enjoy the setup with unmatched speakers? Sure! But having a set of matched speakers will produce a more coherent sound stage.
Like I said, that greatly depends on the speaker placement, the listening position, and the room acoustics. For example, would you prefer surround speakers that are placed way too close to the side walls so that they will sound crappy as a result from that, but are identical to the left and right speakers that are placed at a much farther distance from the side walls so that *they* will sound great, or would you prefer surround speakers that are designed to be nearfield/midfield so that they can be placed at a farther distance from the side walls when you can adjust the speaker distance in the settings of your AVR or processor/preamp accordingly?