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In my search for new bookshelf speakers I have read countless threads and review on cambridge s30, infinity p163, psb b4, hsu hb-1, nht abs. zero and others. What I don't understand is why all of the discussions focus on the LR speakers and never really mention the center that gets paired with the set. Is it because they are basically the same speaker or are the sides more important?

I thought I remember being told that the center channel and sub were the most important pieces in a surround system.
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meh.

Honestly: I've disabled the center channel in the majority of the HTs in my and my parent's houses. For me, in those setups, it honestly improved the sound to turn it off.

If you are running one: the center is where the majority of you dialog comes from; hence the importance of how it performs (if you don't run one, the dialog is moved to the L/R speakers).
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Some of us feel that your front stage (L,C,R) are all equally important...and many of us have run phantom center systems that sound great, so!
If you have a weak center, you won't hear the dialog...but if you have a weak L/R, you will miss so much of the dynamic content of the movie! Equally important....

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That was kind of what I was getting at, in all the threads comparing bookshelf speakers the center is rarely mentioned. So if one of those options had a weak center it would bring the whole system down, or if a center was particularly strong it might swing the decision that way, but it is never really discussed.
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I would say you need to pick the best L/R that has a good center! I would NOT pick a system that had a great center and only good L/R!

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I have 5 Super Zero 2s. I watched the entire MIB3 in stereo with even realizing it. It might have actually been a little better than when I use the center. And I sit almost in front of the left speaker and yet voices were dead center on the TV.

So I sometime question the need for a center if you have decent L/Rs.

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Originally Posted by elmorage View Post

That was kind of what I was getting at, in all the threads comparing bookshelf speakers the center is rarely mentioned. So if one of those options had a weak center it would bring the whole system down, or if a center was particularly strong it might swing the decision that way, but it is never really discussed.

A lot of times something may not be discussed, unless something is not working.
All in all, the best center for bookshelves, is another bookshelf like the L/R ones.
A lot of times people can not do this, due to limited placement. Phantom mode
can work for some people, while a lot of us prefer a center channel. The center
helps to anchor the front stage. > Most of us who have been around, do tend to
recommend nice/working systems.

Here is something to read - from Bluray forum
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=4278584

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... All in all, the best center for bookshelves, is another bookshelf like the L/R ones ...
Here is something to read - from Bluray forum
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=4278584

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