Originally Posted by phie
I see, so the surrounds would only be adding to the dialogue coming from the center?
Not really. As explained the center speaker is to anchor the "center" on screen sounds to the tv to make it sound as if the sounds were coming right from the image.
The only way you will have dialog in a surround speaker ASSUMING all else is correct is if for instance there is a party on the movie and someone is talking but they aren't even shown in the scene then their voice would be hear from the correct direction. Or if on the movie husband is in living room where camera is and wife is in kitchen if he talks his voice will be from center speaker. If she talks it will be from whatever speaker is in the direction of the kitchen.
The job of surround sound is to NOT make you notice sounds. It is to immerse you in sound so that you feel like your actually there. It is supposed to be as natural as possible. That is why a lot of comedy or non-action flicks have very little in the surround mix because there isn't really anything going on off screen.