Originally Posted by Hifisound
Also a more general question : Ignoring the cost factor, is there any difference in criteria for selecting front LR channels for 2 channel vs multi-channel ? Also does placement for LR channels differ between the two scenarios ?
I asked this question as well..and like everything got 50 different answers...
So let me share what I was told (statistics are very rough guestimates from what people said and from my reading)
1) If you listen to multi-channel music (most of us don't SACD, DVD-Audio) then 50/50 hear enough difference that they want speakers all from the same line...
2) You really want your front stage to be matched.. So L/C/R ... now there is about 35% said the best center channel is phantom channel, everyone agreed if you need a center than 3 identical speakers is optimal but that very few people can fit a tower speaker under their TV, about 10% said they use a speaker from another brand...and it matches just fine for them, the 65% said get a center to match your L/R from same brand and line within that brand.
3) If you listen to HT then most agreed that surround speakers are fine being another brand and since it is mostly ambiance sound...dont over spend here...about 65-70% think monopole speakers are best for surround speakers...vs 25-30 percent saying bi-pole / di-pole are best.
So if cost AND SPACE is no object then get 7 of the same speaker. If cost is not a factor then get 7 speakers from the same brand / line.
If cost vs. benefit gets thrown in...most would agree for HT that surrounds from another brand are just fine and to not over spend. (I had one of the most respected speaker builders in the industry tell me to get a set of $200 NHT Speakers for surrounds and be done with it. (No, the guy didn't work for NHT either
Front heights are slightly more sensitive to being a different brand than rear and side surrounds. (but only slightly).
If you order from the right companies with the right return policies...listen for your self and decided. That is the best way...if not..
Hope this helps. Took me about 10 posts, 20 PM's and a week of reading to get to the above conclusion and a little push from the highly respected speaker builder I mentioned (Thanks Dennis