Any Definitive Technology Speaker Owners out there with experience listening to their various center channel speakers? I would appreciate your opinion to help this newby make the best buying decision.
I presently have a pair of two year old Pro Monitor 1000 speakers on either side of my 42" flat screen TV, sitting on my fireplace mantle. The mantle is centered on the long side of my 22'x14' family room. Wife and I do all our TV/Movie watching from a six foot sofa, which is also centered on the long side of the room, directly across from the TV. Our mantle is only 8" wide.
Dialog with news on cable stations is excellent, and so is listening to only music. But with newer movies with upgraded sound formats, dialog often sounds "muffled" and unintelligible. I use a Marantz slimline 5.1 receiver, Model 1403 , and leave it set it to "stereo" all times. It is rated at "only" 50 watts per channel, but I am told Marantz wattage ratings are super conservative compared with other receiver brands. I have little room for a subwoofer, and don't care about surround sound or booming bass, I just want crystal clear dialog....so a 2.0 or 3.0 speaker setup should be adequate for our needs. I am far from an Audiophile.
1. I want to stick with the Definitive Tech brand. Will adding Definitive's Mythos 7 center channel speaker, or a Procenter 1000 or a Procenter 2000 improve dialog? Some allege that with my present "phantom center" arrangement, and present listening position, a center channel speaker will not help for dialog and may be worse. They say the center speaker helps only if we have listeners viewing the TV from way off center, which is not our situation. True?
2. If dialog will indeed improve, please give your opinion and rank for me the relative degree of improved dialog with the Mythos 7, Procenter 1000 and Procenter 2000. I'm not worried about cost. The Mythos 7 dimensions work best of all for wife appeal, followed by the Procenter 1000 and lastly with the Procenter 2000. The latter would be a tough sell at home, but I'll do battle if the consensus is that the Procenter 2000 will be a marked improvement over the other two.
3. Any reason why the older technology Mythos cannot be mixed with my newer technology Pro Monitors? If I choose the Mythos, will it aesthetically blend with my Pro Monitor left and rights?
4. I understand a subwoofer would help dialog, by keeping bass out of the center channel speaker, so it does not garble the dialog. True? If so, would it be a marked or only a modest dialog improvement over just buying a new center speaker only?
5 Will upgrading to a more powerful receiver improve dialog markedly or only modestly, over just the new center channel speaker alone? My Marantz is rated for "only" 50 watts per channel, but Best Buy tells me Marantz ratings are super conservative and my 1403 slimline will easily drive my system, assuming I just want normal listening. True?
6. If a center channel speaker will not buy me much in the way of good dialog, some say a high powered (and expensive) stereo amplifier is the only way to get good dialog. I don't care about surround sound nor do I use the receiver as a radio. But I'm willing to spend the extra $ for a good amplifier, as I only want to go through this exercise once.
7. If a new stereo amplifier will help greatly, any make and model recommendations?
8. We visited Best Buy the other day and the wife loves the look of the self powered SONOS PLAYBAR Soundbar, for $700. It would simplify the mantle aesthetics and clutter, simplify the sound control, and keep peace in the family. If we took this route, I would sell the Marantz and my Deftech speakers on EBay, write off the loss and move on. The question is, would the Sonos Soundbar (or any other brand soundbar you can recommend) sound equally as good for dialog as what we have now...or worse? I'll not compromise on dialog intelligibility.
9. Can you recommend a link to a good article that addresses some or most of these sound/dialog questions?
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