Originally Posted by miker2014
i have a general speaker question, don't need any specific speaker manufacturer recommendations
assuming a ceiling speaker setup is used in a medium sized room (9 ft ceilings) with 4 mid priced ceiling speakers and a subwoofer, does this setup NEED a center channel for better clarity of dialogue, assuming the setup will be used mainly for tv/movie viewing?
does anyone have any experience with a ceiling setup and the before/after of adding a centre channel?
Think of in-ceiling speakers as "spotlights" that shine a cone of light down from the ceiling. If you're sitting underneath the light, you get a nice bright cone of light. As you move away from the cone, the brightness decreases quickly. Speakers work the same way, especially at higher frequencies, (treble.) As you move out from under the cone of sound, the level, and more importantly, the clarity drops off quickly. If your speakers are in the front of the room, and your seating is across the room, you'll be seated well outside the optimal "cone" of dispersion for in-ceiling speakers. This is true whether you're using 3 front speakers, (L, C & R), or just two speakers, (L & R.)
Bottom line, the compromises inherent in an in-ceiling speaker setup are so significant that the additional compromise of not having a CC... pales to insignificance.
IMO. YMMV. Etc.