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#1841 - 02/26/02 08:58 AM Timbre Matching

Awaiting the arrival of my M3's, and was wondering if the whole Timbre matching thing is legit. It seems want all the speakers to sound the same, but I have heard from a lot of folks that "having all your speakers the same is not a consideration". Which is it? I am contemplating completing my system with Axiom center and surrounds (I assume all Axioms are timbre matched).

Let me also say that my speakers are not going to be complete symmetrically living room has a big brick fireplace in the middle that prevents this.


#1842 - 02/28/02 06:39 PM Re: Timbre Matching
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Hi Terry,
It is legit, but it's especially critical for the center channel and the main left and right speakers to be quite similar. Otherwise, if a center has, for example, a somewhat "cupped" or nasal coloration (and your main speakers are free of this), then when an actor's voice moves from the center to the left or right, you'll actually notice his (or her) voice change in character, and it's very annoying. It makes the sense of space and your involvement in the movie less real.

I've found that timbral mismatches in surround speakers aren't quite as noticeable or as annoying, although I'm still aware of them. But timbral similarity in the three front channels is what really counts.


Alan Lofft
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