The Centre Speaker:
Apart from the subwoofer, the lynchpin of the
Home Theatre System is the centre speaker. You can do a simple
experiment, and disconnect the front left and right speaker, and
audition. You may find that it does not affect the whole experience
much! However, if you remove the centre speaker, the entire experience
When you are in the hunt for a new HT system, choose
one that has a good centre speaker. And size does matter. How does it
produce a male baritone voice? This is a good litmus test, and you
should bring a good soundtrack or disc that specifically does that.
movie: "The Grand Hotel Budapest" does this very well. It's a dialogue
driven movie, and you should try and close your eyes, then try to make
out the various voices, and see if they truly resemble the voices of who
they are supposed to be. Then try a BBC radio using the built in tuner,
and see if you enjoy the quality of the voice. The other disc that does
well on this was mentioned before: The start of the "Transformers 1"
when the voiceover of Optimus comes in.
When you buy a new AV
amp, if the internal amps of the amp are not top shelf, you may want to
consider adding a good power amp to help bring that centre speaker to
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