A few center speaker questions
I am a total hack when it comes to audio, and I always seem to have to do things in my own odd way. I currently have a 7.1 system. Every speaker is a Klipsch RC-7 or the equivalent (fronts are RF-5 with RC-7 components). I ended up there simply because I liked the sound my RC-7 better than any other speaker I had. My sub is an old PB-12 Plus, which is old, but I like it.
The new SVS Prime Pinnacle speakers have me thinking about a refresh. I have been impressed with all things SVS, and the price seems very competitive.
My first question is a general one. I seen figures from 70% to 85% for the percentage of content that is delivered through the center channel, and that seems to make sense. Assuming that to be true, it would seem to make sense that home theater systems would be designed and built around the center speaker. Maybe that is the case, but I do not see it. SVS has Prime Pinnacle towers, but not a Prime Pinnacle center. I do not have the knowledge to understand whether center speakers are essentially as good as they can be or not, but it seems odd that they are always in the shadow of the towers. Wouldn't it make more sense for SVS to offer a horizontal version of the Prime Pinnacle tower with proper driver placement for a center channel? I really am fishing for some general information here if anyone wants to help me.
My second question is whether it would make sense to put an Ultra center speaker in a Prime Pinnacle/Prime 7.2 system. It again seems to make sense that if the center speaker provides most of the information, I would want then best one possible. Or would there be a reason not to mix them? In that regard, I have ADHD, which seems to affect my listening. A lot of my brain is always off thinking about other things, and I tend not to notice details that others do. The sound system is mostly for my wife and sons. So if mixing might create problems, I likely would not notice.
Lastly, assuming that center speakers are designed to handle 70% of the work, was my decision to use them all the way around nuts? I did not want to lose the tower aspect, but with the Klipsch, it was just a matter of switching out the tweeters on RF-5, and they had the same components. For the back and side surrounds, the horizontal orientation did not seem like a problem. At the same time, I wonder if the center speakers are designed to project sound straight forward, and maybe the others have a wider pattern. All center speakers was my own idea. It seems to have worked, but I did not do any fair comparisons to alternatives.
Would greatly appreciate any thoughts even if they are that I need in patient psychiatric treatment.