Incredible soundstage, two speakers

Jeffgr -- Sat, 11/15/2008 - 23:07

At one time, I had in place a Lexicon surround sound processor and 7.1 channel surround utilizing Kef 105s in the front, Paradigm 5se for the side, Paradigm 3se for the rear and an Axiom sub-centre combo for centre (a huge beast).
I ditched it all (heh, put to other use) for a a set up with just the Kefs in the front and the tv as centre dialogue channel. Reason? my music, which is half of my pleasure was coloured (yes I could bypass when I remembered to) but also the sound stage for films seemed distorted on occasion, as if the processor was unsure where to deliver what, where.
Now I do not fault Lexicon, hell, they almost invented surround technology, I blame the source (the discs).
Where am I going with this? Simply stating that purchasing high quality front end speakers is more important than worrying about 5.1 or 7.1 systems. If you have a high quality set of front end speakers and establish your seating arrangement appropriately, you will have an incredible soundstage that will surpass ANY mid-fi surround system.
"More" speakers does not equal "better" sound.
Just my thoughts.

Robert Harley -- Mon, 11/17/2008 - 14:07

Jeffgr is correct, provided that you sit exactly between the left and right speakers.

The center channel really helps anchor the soundstage for those listeners/viewers sitting off axis.

tasreader -- Tue, 11/18/2008 - 22:54

Good post Jeffgr.

Puts to rest the notion of the centre speaker being the most important in an HT system.

The main LR speakes are far more important.


jack d ii -- Sun, 04/26/2009 - 16:07

 I have an ancient pair of BIC Formula 6 speakers that I use with my old fashioned 35" Toshiba Cinema Series.  They give GREAT center channel sound over a wide range of seating.  New hd coming after Christmas.  Since I dont care for movies enough to spend $$$$$ for extra speakers, I'll just keep on with what I've got which to these ears is far better than you would expect.

 Jack D II

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