Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
As long as you can tolerate an actor's tone of voice changing as he walks across the screen, it would be OK. I do not think it is tolerable.
I don't know, maybe its just me and I am dead wrong here, as my wife likes to point out often. But when a person who is talking to me and is off to my left continues to speak as they pass in front of me and move off to my right, the timber of his or her voice changes in real life, as distance and volume change (they are farther away on my left and right so consequently if they speak in the same volume, it changes to my ears as they pass in front of me and now are closer) Or if they are aware of the distance change they will often speak louder when they are off to the sides and will raise and lower their voices to compensate for distance, which changes the timber. So what is so horrible about this happening on my theater system? Now, through many iterations I have always attempted to maintain a timber matched set of speakers. I have had a phantom, a center from the same line, a center from a different line, a center of the same brand but different line, and 3 exact speakers. Was there a difference? Certainly. Was it palpable? Not always. I know that when engineers mix the sound they account for the change in timber and volume as things move in and out of frame, but changes in timber are natural in real life so I wonder, sometimes, why I worry about them so much in my theater system.