Originally Posted by edbayarea
Don't cross off all multi-driver centers from your list. Many designs address the lobing in different ways. KEF does it with a Coaxial design iQ6C, NHT Classic Two or Three C's have a stacked tweeter/mid, just to name a few. Center speakers are key in a multichannel set up.
Standard 2 way bookshelves would not have this lobing dispersion problem. I have used three identical bookshelves (normal orientation) and the sound was nearly perfect. and dispersion very god. Also have used currently a center with stacked tweeter mid. Excellent.
With the massive size of your screen it would be beneficial for you to have as much speaker as you can afford so the sound matches the size of those talking heads.
Consider these Bookshelves:
NHT Absolute Zero
An interesting low profile (under 7" tall) set up option:
KEF iQ2C for Left/Right + KEF iQ6C at Center
that will give lots of sound for $740 at vanns dot com
What is your AV receiver and/or amp?
Go listen to some great speakers near you first! Good luck
According to measurements/analysis and many "convensional" wisdom, the issue with center channels is the horizonal orientation of the drivers. Stacked tweeter/mid with surrounded woofer is better, but still not as good as fully vertical. Audioholics has a great article:http://www.audioholics.com/education...peaker-designs
Note, I believe a horizonal speaker will give much better vertical dispersion, so IF your "C" has to be located at a different height than the L/R, you may be better off with a horizontal designed center.
For the OP, in a smaller room, you may be better off going with 3 same bookshelf speakers, vertically aligned (I would not lay them horizontally!) versus 2 tower and 1 "larger" center for same price. My logic is bookshelves in theory "saves" on cabinet and no large woofer versus tower, SO in theory at same price, a bookshelf should have better drivers. In your case, possibly having better drivers in bookshelf size gets better bang for buck.