Originally Posted by hilld
I appreciate all the comments regarding the display panel, comparable brightness to other displays, but what I really didn't see is regarding the performance of the speaker that can be used as a dedicated center channel. While I certainly realize, that my use case might be the exception, but what really intrigues me to this display is the possibility of using the panel as a dedicated center channel in a 5.1.2 or 5.2.2 setup.
We are building a new house and due to the wife's fireplace requirement, I probably won't have room to place a center channel (even a in-wall) under the TV, as the mantle and fireplace will be there. I haven't yet decided on which way I am going for the L&R channels, but am looking at either some B&W in wall 7.3's or some definitive technology, b&w or paradigm towers. Would the A9 speaker work with those combinations in terms of sensitivity and tonal qualities?
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Hopefully I can offer some insight as I was very interested in the center channel capability of the XBR A9G.
Some brief background, I am an audiophile with a dedicated two channel system, but our "home theater" is a very modest 3.1 system with NHT SuperOne L/R fronts, a NHT subwoofer and ZVOX 555 soundbase as a center channel speaker. We have been using the ZVOX 555 for many years, and frankly it works extremely well. That said, I was intrigued by the possibility of eliminating it from the system to make a cleaner looking installation.
I installed the A9G into the sound system as a center channel speaker. The Sony's speakers in this configuration are rather thin sounding...falling off significantly below 70 Hz, and it wasn't a satisfactory blend with the other speakers.
We decided to keep the ZVOX 555 installed, and we use both the A9G and ZVOX as center channel speakers...balancing their output levels.
Everyone has different likes and priorities, but you may find a sound bar is required for better center channel sound.