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September 28, 2011

Center Speaker Placement: Crystal Clear Dialog At Last!

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 3:40 pm

Getting center speaker placement right is key.

You’ve finally got 5.1 surround sound in your house and you’re all settled in with a big bowl of popcorn and your favorite movie – you know the one – that will really show off your new system.

But . . . something’s lacking.  The dialog isn’t as clear as you were expecting.  What gives?

There are a few hard-and-fast rules to center speaker placement that can really make a difference in whether your system sounds like it was professionally set up.

First:  Check Your Receiver Settings

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September 14, 2011

Center Speakers: Choosing and Placing Your Center Channel

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Axiom's VP150 Center Speaker

Choosing center speakers can seem more confusing than picking the front left-and-right speakers sometimes.  Do you go with a big one to get more dialog, or smaller model to fit that little niche in the equipment rack?

The Goal

Center channels carry the weight of the dialog in movie and Dolby surround sound television broadcasts.  Often people complain that their new flat-screen display is all but inaudible, a problem that is easily remedied by adding left-and-right channel front speakers and a matching center speaker. Let’s face it – the tiny drivers that engineers are forced to use to fit speakers in those flat screens are simply too small to do a good job of conveying dialog in normal-sized rooms.

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July 5, 2010

Redefining The Center Channel: Axiom’s Research Lab Releases the VP180

Filed under: What's New — Tags: , , , — Alan @ 12:10 am

At Axiom, we’ve been researching different driver arrays and enclosure designs for center channel speakers, following up with double-blind listening tests, and we’re now ready to announce the new VP180, a definitive no-compromise center channel that delivers the same extended deep bass, tonal neutrality and spatial transparency as Axiom’s critically acclaimed M80 and M60 tower speakers.

VP180 Center Channel with Dual Custom Aluminum Stands

VP180 Center Channel with Dual Custom Aluminum Stands

The VP180 uses six drivers: two 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, two 5.25-inch aluminum midranges, and two 1-inch titanium dome tweeters in a horizontal array arrived at after months of listening tests to music and dialogue program sources, on- and off-axis.

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