Originally Posted by sdurani
People experience dual-mono playback routinely when listening to music on a 2-speaker set-up. The most important content (lead vocals, instrument solos) is mixed equally in both channels to image in the centre of the soundstage. It doesn't sound as bad as you describe it. Home theatre is a different story, since you typically have to deal with multiple listeners, and the effects of comb filtering become more of an issue.
two channel sound stage and home theater are COMPLETELY different. As you hinted at. However the center channel of home theater in no way can
be adequately compared to the right and/or left of a two channel setup.
For example, take the R or L of a two channel setup and listen to it exclusively and you can follow the song(although excruciating.).
Now take the R or L of a home theater setup and listen to it exclusively, and try to follow the movie....... Not the same, there is "overlap" in the R and L of two channel mixing which creates soundstage. The center channel is a discrete channel all its own and completely different.
I can imagine no other destructive feature of home heater than a muddy and jagged center channel with dips and peaks........
like I said try it and see.....