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July 20, 2011

3 Speaker Home Theater? Absolutely!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alan @ 9:14 pm

A 3 speaker home theater is a great way to start

To start your 3 speaker home theater, you’re going to need a matching stereo pair of speakers for the left and right front channels. A pair of compact affordable “bookshelf” speakers like the Axiom M2 v3’s or M3 v3s would be an excellent purchase and jumping off point. Those two speakers will handle lots of movie score music and sound effects, as well as serving as highly musical and neutral speakers for any type of music playback.

Next, you’ll need a center channel speaker: the center channel carries most of a DVD movie’s spoken dialogue and is essential so you can hear the actors’ dialogue and independently raise or lower the center channel volume if you have trouble hearing any movie dialogue. Center channel speakers are often fairly wide and not very tall, partly because the shape enables easy installation on a shelf below or above the TV, but there is no reason you can’t make the center channel speaker identical to the left and right front speakers. Doing that will assure you of virtually matched tonal quality across the front “soundstage.”

There you have it – the 3 speaker home theater– left, center, and right channels. Now you can gradually add the remaining two surround speakers as your budget allows eventually completing the system with the subwoofer, the larger self-contained amplified speaker for deep bass tones and movie sound effects. Read my handy tips on how to get a seamless soundstage for your 3 speaker home theater setup.

Alan Lofft was, for 13 years, Editor in Chief of Sound & Vision, Canada’s largest and most respected audio/video magazine. He edited Sound & Vision (Canada) until 1996, when he moved from Toronto to New York to become Senior Editor at Audio magazine.
Lofft has been writing about hi-fi and video professionally for over 20 years, ever since his first syndicated newspaper column, “Sound Advice”, began appearing weekly in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation daily newspaper. In the late 1970s, he became a contributing editor, columnist, and equipment reviewer at AudioScene Canada, the leading national consumer electronics magazine at the time. Find out more about Alan in his bio.

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