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Speaker Setup #1:


Is it better to have identical speakers for all 5 channels? (All with dual 5 1/4" drivers + 3/4" tweeter)

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/DRH...uctID=94859700

Speaker Setup #2:


How about identical center speakers for LCR and go bookshelf for the surrounds?

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/DRH...uctID=94860000


plus 1 pair of the following:

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/DRH...uctID=94859600

Speaker Setup #3:


How about 1 center channel + two pairs of 6 1/2" bookshelves with 3/4" tweeter over the above the two mentioned setups?

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/DRH...uctID=94859900


plus 1 pair of the following:

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/DRH...uctID=94859600

Which would be best and why? I've noticed that the center channel (6.53 lbs) is lighter than that of the bookshelf speakers btw (11.56 lbs). Frequency response differs by 5Hz only. (With bookshelves having the 5Hz advantage)
 

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If you plan to listen to 5 channel music, then 5 identical speakers would be preferable. If the main use of your sound system is movies, then matching the front 3 is good and the surrounds (used mostly for movie effects audio) can be different. In a movie home theater setup, possibly the most important speaker is the center channel...it carries almost all of the dialog and most of the "centered" active movie sound.
 
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