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    Default How much difference does a center channel make?

    If you are moving from a sound bar on your TV to say Sierra Luna's how much difference does adding the center channel make over just a left right system? Do you really hear the dialog that much better with a center speaker added?

    Thanks for any input

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    Default Re: How much difference does a center channel make?

    Quote Originally Posted by i7Audio View Post
    Do you really hear the dialog that much better with a center speaker added?
    Yes. At least, that's my experience.

    I went for a long time with just L/R speakers. It was fine. Phantom center was OK. But it wasn't good enough to keep me from wanting better. So I slowly added more speakers. First subs, then a move from 2.1 sound to 5.1 sound with three Sierra 2s (before the EX came out) L/C/R and Sierra 1s (surround). And the big improvement here was the center speaker. Completely unexpected by me; I thought the move to surround would make a bigger impact. And sometimes it does, but when there's dialog, the center is great to have.

    Eventually my wife started asking about center channel improvements so not long after Dave introduced the Duo I bought one (didn't have room for the Horizon sadly). Holy cats! This was considerably better than the Sierra-2 as center.

    So to answer your question directly: Yes.
    "If it sounds good, it is good." -- Duke Ellington

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    Default Re: How much difference does a center channel make?

    Quote Originally Posted by i7Audio View Post
    Do you really hear the dialog that much better with a center speaker added?

    Thanks for any input
    In short, a center channel makes a big difference when watching movies as dialog can make up a bulk of the content. I had a 2.1 (L/R speakers + subwoofer) setup for years and recently did a speaker shuffle and moved speakers to create a 3.1 setup. My wife noticed how much cleaner and more intelligible the dialog was during movies, particularly during action scenes. It also helps with some video games as well if you're a gamer, depending on the audio mix, which also plays a factor as well.

    In the end, we both liked the 2.1 setup, but my wife preferred 3.1 (with a center channel). It all comes down to budget and also speaker placement/positioning to get the best results.
    Last edited by Robert; 02-10-2021 at 01:11 AM.

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