Putting aside the issue of speaker placement, is it ever preferable to have a (horizontally oriented) center channel over 3 identical (vertically oriented) front channels?
I'm asking because it seems many speaker manufacturers that have a 5.1 bookshelf-based lineup tend to offer a center channel that costs the same as a pair of the bookshelf speakers in the line. In my setup, the speakers won't be obstructing the screen, so I'm somewhat inclined to forego buying a center channel, but instead just purchase an extra set of front monitors. I can use one for my center and save the other for who-knows-what.
Is there a flaw with this logic? Isn't it just about always superior to have the front 3 channels be identical?
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