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Re: Who boosts the center channel output?
GregM #386074 11/23/12 02:51 PM
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I compared my VP150 with an M2 for center channel duties. There was a noticeable improvement (to me, in my room) with a vertical center channel over the VP150. You might want to give an M2 or M22 a try for center duties if you have the space. Keep in mind I have the in on wall versions, and the improvement was enough for me to go through the effort to cut, patch and paint my drywall for the speaker switch.


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Re: Who boosts the center channel output?
GregM #386076 11/23/12 05:50 PM
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For the sake of convenience, no matter the manufacturer, small centre channels are always a compromise and because of the design there is the added issue of an unwanted boost in the 300-500HZ range which gives the human voice, depending on placement, an unnatural sound. The vertical designs like the M2, although small, are more even across the frequency range, hence, a more natural sound from the human voice. Like has been said many times before, although not often practical, the ideal set-up is the same identical speakers across the L/C/R.

The larger centres like the 180 and 160 with the bigger drivers and bigger boxes eliminate a lot of the problems that exist with their smaller cousins by adding considerably to the frequency range and as a result, generally don't require that extra volume boost either.

Re: Who boosts the center channel output?
GregM #386109 11/25/12 03:54 AM
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Unless I am not able to listen to a movie at normal levels due to sleeping kids etc. but usually I don't boost the center.


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Re: Who boosts the center channel output?
GregM #386129 11/25/12 10:05 PM
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I still boost my 180 center, just like my previous 150. Audyssey has it set to -10dB and the l/r around -6dB, so I bump it up to equal or a bit more.


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Re: Who boosts the center channel output?
GregM #386172 11/26/12 10:53 PM
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I run my VP160 about 3 db over the mains. I've tried it matched and didn't like it.

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