Ok, so I've been peddling around in several different environments for a very long time trying to find a system that absolutely has never pleased me. I've had a Bose system, and many, many mix and match systems. I currently have a 5.1 Pioneer, an older Polk Audio center channel, a Acoustic Research sub, and some floorstanding Sonys, all doing a 3.1 system currently. My room isn't very large, and viewing distance from the system is around 7-9 feet. I just switched out a Boston Acoustics center channel with the Polk trying to help my problem, but I'm still having it. The main concern is that I seem to have so much trouble hearing voices!
So, my question is: What is the root of this problem? Is my front sound stage out of whack because my speakers aren't timbre-matched? Should I try cranking my center more? Is my receiver not good enough? Am I too close to my speakers to enjoy high quality audio? I'm a Best Buy employee, so I get a sizable discount with Polk Audio, but I fear that even if I get the tsi300's and the accompanying center channel and hook it all up, I'll have the same problem. Thanks in advance, I'm new to the forum and thought you guys may be able to help!