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In Reply to: RE: Gave up on HT... posted by ABliss on January 06, 2022 at 16:01:28
I'm not clear on that.
To 2.1 or 3.1 as I've never had the 4th and 5th rear loudspeakers?
I've found movie soundtracks to be improved with the .1, but other than that, well, I'm conflicted whether the .1 is important for music even unless special attention is paid to the overall sound integration (which is not much of an issue with soundtracks IMO).
The .1 does not designate a center channel, it designate a sub.
So depending on the size of your two main speakers you could use a sub which will help with the sound effects of movies, and if properly Intergrated can be very nice with music also. So that would be your 2.1 system.
You don't really need a center channel for movies if the two main speakers are setup right as they will produce a good center image. You certainly don't want it for music as a center channel speaker will just mess up the stereo imaging.
On movies it can be an improvement, but I never miss anything.
For music I use simple 2CH
If you want to use a center for music, the match has to be on point. 3 identical speakers is in theory ideal IME.
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