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Originally Posted by aarons915 View Post
It has nothing to do with size, but I thought it was pretty much accepted that 3 identical speakers for your LCR all vertically oriented is going to be the best sound possible. I've been using 3 identical 2 way bookshelf speakers as my LCR for the past few years and I would never go back, the 3 identical speakers create a much more seamless soundstage.
You are correct, 3 identical speakers up front is the gold standard. But as you know, most people are unable to do that. So the horizontal center channel was born. And some of those designs are better than others, but all are some degree of compromise from the gold standard. That said, for most typical listeners, the practicality of the horizontal center outweighs any potential compromises in sound performance. Granted, there is a more astute speaker listener class where they can indeed hear the compromises and cannot live with them. But that's probably a distinct minority of listeners.

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