Originally Posted by Cal1981
I really like the satellites and would prefer to use them with a compatible center and my SVS sub-woofer.
1. There is NEVER any need to "match" the brand of the subwoofer to the brand of the speakers. In other words, you can use your SVS sub with every single other brand of speakers on god's green earth, and absolutely no lightning bolts will fall on you from up high, I promise.
2. "Timbre-matching" the center speaker to the L/R front speakers is a hugely exaggerated myth. As long as the center is reasonably close in impedance and sensitivity to the FL/FR so that your receiver can easily LEVEL-match them, you're golden. In addition to level matching, many receivers nowadays have room correction tools that will also EQ each speaker individually to create an even more seamless soundstage.
The only essential function of a center speaker is DIALOGUE, which happens to be 80% of the HT output---so if you are unhappy with the intelligibility or tonality of your center speaker, by all means try out some other ones from other manufacturers until you find one that truly makes you happy. The center is the true workhorse and backbone of any HT setup since it's what you are actually HEARING most of the time, so this is where you least want to compromise.
3. "Timbre-matching" the front 3 speakers to the surrounds is even more of an OCD myth than #2
. The only time your surrounds need to match the fronts is if you do multi-channel gaming, play a lot of multi-channel music or music in all-speaker stereo (a.k.a. "party mode"). Otherwise the piddling 5-10% of the output coming out of the surrounds, mostly consisting of ambient noises like footsteps, rain, etc. are so brief, intermittent and non-musical that only a certified OCD person sitting on the edge of their seat with their ears glued to the surrounds and only half-watching what's on the screen would even begin to detect any "timbre" differences with the fronts.