Originally Posted by Pete7874
My mains are only 5 feet apart, and I still run a dedicated center speaker and I enjoy it that way. The only difference is that my mains are very small bookshelf speakers with 4" drivers.
After extensive testing with the Polk CS2 center vs no center, I did notice dialogue was a little easier to understand and panning was a little better. Not by a much, but enough to convince me to use a center.
The question now becomes, should I use the Polk CS2 or get another TFE60 to place horizontally?
On the one hand, another TFE60 would be perfectly timbre matched, but if the CS2 is a “better speaker” and it’s not too different, wouldn’t it make sense to use it, especially since I only have room to place the TFE60 horizontally? You might say I have both speakers so I should pick the one I like best, but I don’t trust myself to not do something stupid here.
With vocal music, name Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven" and Norah Jones "Don't Know Why", they sound very similar. The CS2 sounds a bit more directed toward me--is this desirable in a center?
That's probably because the TFE60 has better dispersion. It also has slightly better bass.
Put another way, the CS2 sounds like it coming from the speaker, while the TFE60 sounds... I don't want to say more natural because that's a loaded term, but dialogue is less emphasized. The scene I'm testing dialogue with is 4 minutes into Super 8. School just let out so there's a lot of ambient noise from other students, buses, and the soundtrack.