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Originally Posted by Tom Ames
We have been reconfiguring a former kids/teens room into a den suitable for adults. During the early stages of the conversion I have had two Ascend CMT-340 SE speakers flanking a 42" plasma. They are currently 53" (center to center) apart. Viewing/listening distance is about 10'. These distances are pretty much fixed which is not ideal but not a problem as we have two other setups that we use much more frequently. I am intending to upgrade the current sub, but that may be down the road a bit.
One of the changes I am making is replacing the stand the plasma sits on to one that coincidentally would allow a convenient placement of a center speaker. I am just not sure if the addition of a center speaker would make much of a difference since the LR speakers are placed fairly close to the TV and the viewing/listening distance is relatively removed.
If it makes a difference, I removed the tiny surround speakers that were there previously--mostly due to WAF and my primary usage of the room so far has been music. Her primary use of the room is TV, but she still prefers not to have surrounds for aesthetic reasons. Room size is approximately 11' X 20' X 8'.
My question is will the addition of a matched center speaker provide a noticeable difference for TV and movies? The system will almost certainly evolve no further than 2.1 or 3.1.
A center would definitely make a difference, however if the setup is not often used for TV/HT and you're not having issues with dialogue clarity, a better sub would be more beneficial.
Kef LS50,Q200C, Q100, SVS SB-2000, Denon AVR-X3400H, NAD 216, Panasonic 50" Plasma, Xbox One.
Bedroom: JBL Loft 50 , Loft 20, Bic F-12, Denon AVR-S710W, PS3, 32" Insigna LED.