Well, I think that it makes no sense to expect or desire a center channel to produce any bass. Its location is usually not optimal for bass in any case.
If you have good main speakers and a subwoofer to produce the system bass, why do you need bass from the center channel? Makes very little sense to me.
Also, it has been my experience that smaller drivers (4 inch or so) in the center speaker, tend to produce clearer dialogue, and other midrange sound, than larger drivers, so that is what I think works best.
If you have a different opinion, so be it, but that doesn't mean I am wrong.
Amplifier/receiver Power is not the issue. no one seems to get it.
40 or 50 watts is plenty to drive almost any speakers as loud as anyone wants. Comparing power specs is foolish and counterproductive. More power seldom makes for a sound quality improvement.
The question is DISTORTION, and I hear the distortion the Onkyo stuff puts out when driving speaker systems. It isn't just me, either; I have 3 friends who have gone from Onkyo to better stuff because they disliked Onkyo's sound quality.
If you can't hear it, maybe it is because your speakers are a much easier load to drive than most; that is certainly possible. The differences between speaker designs are considerable.
Design Engineers do power tests with a simulated speaker load connected, including inductance, capacitance, and low resistance, while monitoring DISTORTION with a $40k distortion analyzer.
But those kinds of MEANINGFUL results are never published, because the amounts of distortion would horrify the average consumer, who wouldn't understand what it all means anyway.
Originally Posted by flickhtguru
Originally Posted by commsysman
Crap like Onkyo, Anthem, Yamaha, and Pioneer have mickey-mouse inadequate power supplies that just don't cut it.
This coming from the guy who thinks a center channel sould be frequency limited cuz you think its only job is dialog??? I just don't buy a whole lot of what you say. Sorry.
OP I wouldn't worry about the Onkyo, yes its not the most powerful thing in the world but not bad either. Now if you get big floorstanders that are very power hungry and are NOT going to use a sub then maybe you should consider an amp.
I have an Onkyo 808 receiver and I have never had an issue with it and it will drive my 7.2 setup to past reference levels no problem.