Picking The Right Center Speaker For Your System

Posted by PinPoint Mounts on 9/10/2014 to Tips and Advice

Anybody who knows even casual information about home-theater systems know that the center speaker is the most important audio tool for your system. Why? Well, it's where most of the dialogue comes from when you are watching a game or a movie. Your entire viewing experience can be ruined if you have a center speaker that is of poor quality - if you even have a center speaker at all.

There are some people who, in an effort to keep costs down will skip the center speaker and just try to get away with the dialogue to come out of the speakers in the TV set. All it takes, though, is a minute or two of other noises out of the other speakers for a person to regret not getting a center speaker because the sound out of the TV set is nowhere near as pure and crisp as out of the speakers.

The dialogue sounds like it's through a stack of pillows compared to the crashes and explosions and gunfire from the other speakers. So when you do break down and decide to buy a center speaker for your system, how do you pick the right one?

Well certainly, if you can find a center speaker from the same manufacturer as your other speakers, that would be ideal, but many audio systems have mised and matched speakers based on the type and quality and budget. Very few home-theater systems are entirely one company for all five or seven speakers, for varying reasons.

So if you can't at least match the manufacturer of the center speaker with the front left and right speakers (at minimum), then you should look to know your left and right speakers well as far the size of the drivers (woofers and tweeters), the shape and the material from which the speakers were made, and try to match those as closely as possible with your center speaker.

The goal is to distribute the crisp, clear sound evenly across the three front speakers, including the dialogue. And having the speakers all be similar in material, size and shape will keep any one speakers from sounding dominant or make any speaker sound less harmonious with the others. This can create that uniform sound that we all want and expect from our home-theater system.