Originally Posted by jmcates
I was going to ask this before. Everything I have read says that I want to match my center channel brand to the fronts brand. Do you subscribe to that as well or should I consider other brands?
So long as the center channel actually provides decent VOICE CLARITY (meaning, you don't have to crank up the volume just to understand the darn dialogue) then sure why not, if you want to follow conventional wisdom. But some center channels are notoriously incompetent at that one simple function, in which case I'd happily toss the "timbre matching" myth out the window and finding a center that IS competent...having a "timbre matched" front stage that produces muddy or garbled dialogue is absolutely useless...a complete waste of money and space.
~ Are you a "geek hobbyist" obsessed with squeezing out that last 5-10% improvement? The economy will thank you...especially the Chinese one. Or are you more of a get-set-and-forget "casual user" who simply wants to increase your enjoyment of movies, TV and gaming? Relax, HT isn't rocket science, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg---especially if you ignore the aforementioned vocal minority. And remember to smile...it's just a silly hobby, after all. :)