Originally Posted by Blacklightning
Why would you not have matching speakers in the front with your setup? LCR I find is the best. I had a matching tower as my center and moved my center (which I never used) to the back in my 6.0 setup. I believe if you have the space and running a projector, use matching towers or book shelves is key. My next option would be to use a single bookshelf speaker from the same model line up, as I find they work better than a center channel speaker.
This may of been mentioned already but Center channel speaker ONLY look the way that they do because people needed a speaker to fit below or a tube TV. If that was not a problem companies wold be selling speakers in sets of three as that is the best.
Did you read what I posted previous to that?
Originally Posted by craig john
The most optimal center channel speaker in a Home Theater System has the following characteristics:[*] a 3rd speaker identical to the L/R's
[*] vertically oriented
[*] placed in the same horizontal plane as the L/R's
[*] tweeter at ear height
Note the bolded section...
As pokekevin said, I bought my speakers used. They came as a set and included the horizontal CC. These speakers are $7,500 each MSRP. I got them for less than half that. I agree that a 3rd LCR would be the best option. However, I can't justify the price of replacing the CC with another LCR @ $7,500. The Horizontal CC sounds just fine in the on-axis plane. It's only when you get significantly off-axis that the lobing becomes somewhat apparent. I don't sit off-axis, so I'm not concerned enough about it to spend the money to replace it.
Here are some measurements that show the on-axis, (purple), and off-axis, (15 degrees - red, and 30 degrees - blue), responses of the LCR and the CC:
The lobing is seen from 100 to about 700 Hz in the CC. Sitting directly in front of the CC and having the LR's pointed directly at the main LP, I am seated in the on-axis response for all 3 speakers.
The drivers in the CC are the exact same drivers as the LR's and the internal cabinet volume is exactly the same. The only difference between the horizontal CC and the vertical LCR's is the lateral arrangement of the woofers. In that respect, it as close a timbre-match to the L/R's as is possible. In every other way, I've optimized the setup of my CC. I built stands for the speakers that place all the tweeter/mids at the same height, which is seated ear height on my seating and riser. Finally, I've used Audyssey XT32 to equalize the speakers and duplicate the target curve for all 3 front speakers.