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Is center channel needed for gaming?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Is it okay to run a 4.1 setup with no center for a gaming htpc? My pc mostly for gaming and some music.
My current setup is a pair of polk tsi 100 and 2 tl2s as rears. The 2 front speakers are 2 feet a part. I was thinking of getting a polk c10 center channel later on but don't think i can get it to fit between my keyboard and monitor. Instead, I might get a tl2 center and pair it with the tsi 100. i know its not a good idea to pair a different center with the fronts but i do not have the space.
Is this a good idea or should i just stick with a 4.1 setup?
Edited by mike kaw - 11/8/12 at 4:06am
post #2 of 4
DirectSound will support as many speakers as you have. You don't necessarily need a center speaker on any configuration, but if you have the space why not add a center?
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
i can only fit small sats on my desk. So its not necessary, well my concern is loosing surround sound in games. Is the center channel really important in gaming?
I want to make sure I can still hear people sneaking up behind me in bf3.
post #4 of 4
As long as your sound card supports multiple speakers, you can set whatever options it has listed. If you set it to 4 speaker setup it's going to map the center channel to the two front speakers.

If you set it to 5 you're going to hear people sneaking up on you all day, but you'll hear none of the dialogue and whatever else would be sent to a center channel.
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