Originally Posted by Meagol
Very interesting, I thought that the centre speaker was the most important speaker in a front set up.I never thought about not using one at all.
I actually made a picture, but I was not able to upload it... I will try further...
Putting the centre speaker right next to the tv and more the left speaker to the very left might be one solution.
or finding a very high stand and putting it behind the tv on the cabinet...
The center channel is indeed a very important speaker.
1. When you run no center speaker, the receiver will split the sounds equally between the left and right channels. Therefore, as long as you are sitting in the center or close to the center of the two speakers, you will get a solid central image and the content that ordinarily would go to the center will appear to come from the center of the screen anyway.
2. If you have Gold series speakers, the left and right speakers producing the "phantom center" image will probably sound better than using the Golds for L and R, and a Radius for the Center. "Better" is a subjective term, but at the very least, you will have an objectively more coherent front sound stage.
3. Given the choice of 3 Radius speakers up front or two Gold speakers, I'd rather have two Golds and give up having a center. This is a personal decision though. To me, the added resolution of the Golds outweighs the disadvantage of not having a center. On that note....
4. Not having a center has its disadvantages. For one, those sitting way off center will not hear the dialog coming directly from the center of the screen if that is called for by the soundtrack.
5. I like hifisponge's idea for making more room, if you can manage it.
6. Not running a center speaker, to me, is better than putting the center speaker to the left or right of the television. This is because dialog (and other sounds) that should appear to be coming from the center of the screen will sound displaced.
Anyway, if you cannot tell, I do not run a center speaker in my living room due to space problems!