AV discusion - front speakers v center channel
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 24
  1. #1
    Pro
    Points: 36,722, Level: 59
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,128
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    drmwevr08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    3,460
    Points
    36,722
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 6

    AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Ive contemplated selling my old speaker set up in favor of a simpler center channel set up with sub and wireless surround. As it stands I dont use my surrounds because i cant make the wiring work. Any opinions on either set up? I dont listen to a lot of music but how would that go without the main front speakers? Any thoughts or experience would be great.


    Nothing to see here mods. Keep moving.

  2. #2
    Legend
    Points: 209,812, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 17.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialCreated Album picturesVeteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    50131
    Posts
    13,909
    Points
    209,812
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 438
    Given: 646

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Going without surrounds is not a big deal but losing your main front speakers sucks. They would be the last speakers I would ditch.



  3. #3
    Prospect
    Points: 5,295, Level: 21
    Level completed: 49%, Points required for next Level: 255
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points
    ccruzen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Urbandale
    Posts
    55
    Points
    5,295
    Level
    21
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 14
    Given: 10

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Do you mean you're thinking about going with a soundbar and sub? There's no way I'd recommend going with just a center channel speaker and no front left/right but have heard decent things about various soundbars. Plus, some can be quite cheap to get started with. See here for some reviews.



  4. #4
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 110,823, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 7.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience PointsSocial
    ruxCYtable's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    4,258
    Points
    110,823
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 375
    Given: 395

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    I'll reiterate what everyone else has said. You absolutely don't want to go without your main speakers. If you only have room for a center channel, a soundbar might be a good option for you. Sony makes a couple relatively inexpensive models that get good reviews for both music and movies.

    You might also consider a small 2.1 system with a hideaway sub. I'm not a fan of most Bose products but I think their 2.1 systems are pretty decent. I have a 2.1 system from Onkyo that is pretty good but I think it's been discontinued.

    EDIT: You mentioned wireless surround, so here's an option. Good reviews, a top seller on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-S4251w-B...eless+surround


    Last edited by ruxCYtable; 08-08-2014 at 09:19 AM.

  5. #5
    All-Star
    Points: 33,131, Level: 56
    Level completed: 7%, Points required for next Level: 1,119
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    Agclone91's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Carroll
    Posts
    1,988
    Points
    33,131
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 145
    Given: 108

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Quote Originally Posted by ccruzen View Post
    Do you mean you're thinking about going with a soundbar and sub? There's no way I'd recommend going with just a center channel speaker and no front left/right but have heard decent things about various soundbars. Plus, some can be quite cheap to get started with. See here for some reviews.
    Why in the world would anybody pay $1,500 for a soundbar? I didn't even know that they made them that expensive.



  6. #6
    Legend
    Points: 206,169, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jbhtexas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Arlington, TX
    Posts
    11,084
    Points
    206,169
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 348
    Given: 249

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    I agree with the others in that it would not be good to go without your front L and R speakers. For example, when watching HDTV, some shows put dialog in the center channel, but others put dialog in the front L and R channels. In the latter case, if you got rid of the front L and R speakers, you would be missing all the dialog, unless you somehow route the front L and R outputs into the center channel speaker.

    I don't know what kind of device you have to send sound to your speakers, but perhaps it is possible to program it to send all channels to the center speaker.


    Last edited by jbhtexas; 08-08-2014 at 09:40 AM.
    "Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."

    Avatar - America's new superhero...Cenex Guy

  7. #7
    Pro
    Points: 36,722, Level: 59
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,128
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    drmwevr08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    3,460
    Points
    36,722
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 6

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    I guess I can clarify that it's a soundbar I'm talking about. Perhaps that yields a different hook up than a true center channel so yes, the question is typical towers for the front or a soundbar that is cleaner looking and takes up less space.
    Are these soundbar a hooked up differently than a true "center" more like fronts?


    Nothing to see here mods. Keep moving.

  8. #8
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 41,103, Level: 62
    Level completed: 58%, Points required for next Level: 547
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered50000 Experience Points
    NickTheGreat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Johnston
    Posts
    4,361
    Points
    41,103
    Level
    62
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 299
    Given: 392

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Yes, soundbar is different than true LCR. Usually just the HDMi input, or maybe an optical audio input.

    It is not as good as the real thing, but a decent option, especially for a living room/watching TV setup.



  9. #9
    Pro
    Points: 36,722, Level: 59
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,128
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    drmwevr08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    3,460
    Points
    36,722
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 6

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Does the soundbar with sub do an adequate job on music though?

    Im leaning toward just keeping the old towers at this point :)


    Nothing to see here mods. Keep moving.

  10. #10
    Addict
    Points: 92,613, Level: 94
    Level completed: 72%, Points required for next Level: 537
    Overall activity: 26.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    capitalcityguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    5,570
    Points
    92,613
    Level
    94
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 238
    Given: 211

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Does anyone have a soundbar and are you pleased with its performance? I already have a home theater (6.1 surround) in family room but would like to have better sound for our main TV in another room. I don't want to spend the money or do the wiring for a full surround system. A soundbar would appear to be a nice, clean solution, but I really question if I would be happy with the performance. Does anyone with a discerning ear have a soundbar they are happy with?


    CCG

  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 119,398, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    aeroclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,140
    Points
    119,398
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 303
    Given: 114

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Does anyone have a soundbar and are you pleased with its performance? I already have a home theater (6.1 surround) in family room but would like to have better sound for our main TV in another room. I don't want to spend the money or do the wiring for a full surround system. A soundbar would appear to be a nice, clean solution, but I really question if I would be happy with the performance. Does anyone with a discerning ear have a soundbar they are happy with?
    I would be interested in some opinions here as well. I have the full surround system setup in the man cave, but that sort of solution wouldn't be practical in the living room. I'd be interested in a soundbar, but am really not sure if they can deliver a big enough improvement to be worth it.



  12. #12
    Pro
    Points: 36,722, Level: 59
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,128
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    drmwevr08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    3,460
    Points
    36,722
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 6

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Lots of questions, not too may opinions! For me it was a shot at a simpler, cleaner look. Also, contemplating moving and would like to downsize generally. In the end, I'm reasonably happy with what Ive got though (main, center and sub - surrounds are hooked up but sitting behind the tv!)


    Nothing to see here mods. Keep moving.

  13. #13
    Legend
    Points: 209,812, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 17.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialCreated Album picturesVeteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    50131
    Posts
    13,909
    Points
    209,812
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 438
    Given: 646

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone View Post
    I would be interested in some opinions here as well. I have the full surround system setup in the man cave, but that sort of solution wouldn't be practical in the living room. I'd be interested in a soundbar, but am really not sure if they can deliver a big enough improvement to be worth it.
    I have a home theater with 5.1 surround and all my electronics are hidden in another room.

    For the living room I have a 2.1. I just put the sub behind the TV and the sound bar below the TV. It's nothing like the home theater set-up but it's better than the TV speakers.

    Speakers in the home theater

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20140813_142618.jpg 
Views:	50 
Size:	2.10 MB 
ID:	27851



    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20140813_142638.jpg 
Views:	42 
Size:	1.86 MB 
ID:	27852
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20140813_142649.jpg 
Views:	39 
Size:	1.29 MB 
ID:	27853

    Speaker in the living room
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20140813_142521.jpg 
Views:	53 
Size:	1.25 MB 
ID:	27854



  14. #14
    Starter
    Points: 20,855, Level: 44
    Level completed: 12%, Points required for next Level: 795
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience PointsSocial
    BringBackJohnny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    805
    Points
    20,855
    Level
    44
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 45
    Given: 20

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Does your receiver offer you the ability to do a two speaker set up? I use to have an H/K that would allow me to run just my towers the sound was OK. It was much better with a true center but if you are looking to slim down and do music and movies running that option would be viable.

    I have been pleased with a few sound bars I have hear at folks homes. They are better now than they were a few yrs back I believe.


    Smoke um if you got um

  15. #15
    Rookie
    Points: 22,129, Level: 45
    Level completed: 54%, Points required for next Level: 421
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    588
    Points
    22,129
    Level
    45
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 92
    Given: 30

    Re: AV discusion - front speakers v center channel

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Does anyone have a soundbar and are you pleased with its performance? I already have a home theater (6.1 surround) in family room but would like to have better sound for our main TV in another room. I don't want to spend the money or do the wiring for a full surround system. A soundbar would appear to be a nice, clean solution, but I really question if I would be happy with the performance. Does anyone with a discerning ear have a soundbar they are happy with?
    Wow 6.1, I'd forgotten they even pushed that for awhile. If your receiver can do 7.1, I'd definitely switch to that.

    As far as sound bars, TV's used to have decent speakers 10-15+ years ago but as things switched to flat panels they were having to use less real estate to make everything as slim as possible plus figuring people would be using their own separate sound system, so the speakers they have been putting in have been pretty poor. A decent sound bar will definitely outperform a TV's built in speakers, just don't expect the same quality as a surround system.

    OP, yes a sound bar is a stand alone thing; you don't use it with an existing receiver. If you have a good 2.1 or 3.1 system, I'd probably just stick with that, but if you really wanted to trim down your system, then you'd get rid of the receiver and its speakers and just go with whatever sound bar you choose.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Cyclones.tv
  • HOOPS: Iowa State vs. Mississippi Valley State
  • December 31, 2014
  • 06:00 PM