Originally Posted by Zen Traveler
I dunno...After you get the perfect setup it would be like having to choose which aspect you want to diminish...I can't argue against having the best center channel possible, but if your mains (or surrounds for that matter) can't keep up, then the only advantage would be on dialog,imo. Fwiw, I didn't have Multichannel Music in mind when I purchased my Home Theater, now it is 90% of what I listen to and there the advantage of having capable speakers really come into play.
But I think what folks are stating if you are buying the best center you can I think by default folks would be going for the matching left right so it wouldn't be an issue. You must of course enjoy the sound of the speakers you are pursuing.
I still say and IMO IMO (you can't say that enough around here)
That up to a medium size room folks should not be afraid to try monitors to get to the next level of speakers and this will include what is typically considered the stronger center. My monitors are fine with the daddy center in that family. I can't afford the towers in this family right now but I do own the awesome center. It is well worth it to me to "just" own monitors in this family.
Most here probably have what might be considered a medium or smaller non-dedicated room. The monitor route worked for me. There is no going back once you have achieved a higher end center and I would not go down a level now just to move from monitors to towers and most likely a weaker center. Of course I am running a sub as well.
RickEdited by Mr.SoftDome - 7/8/12 at 10:41am