The importance of matching left, right and center channels in home theater systems

November 19, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

5 comments on “The importance of matching left, right and center channels in home theater systems”

  1. A subwoofer??? How about 2 to 4 subwoofers. I have 2 Martin Logan Balanced Force 210 subs in the front that I use for music and movies and 2 Balanced Force 212s in the rear that I only use for movies. I find it much easier to make 4 subs disappear than one sub. And none of them are working hard.

  2. About this time 19 years ago, I bought an all in one box system from JVC.
    It had five little cube speakers and a subwoofer that had an 8 inch driver in it.
    The DVD player and all the amps for each channel, were all built in to the same box.
    But even with doaby digital surround sound content, I couldn’t get everything to match up the way I wanted it all to.
    Trust me on this, setting up a multichannel surround sound system, is very tricky.

  3. My setup is different from the norm. I have two left over Infinity Primus P 163’s from when I replaced them with ELAC Debut 2’s when I got my Sprout ELAC system. I now use the Infinity’s for the left and right channels of my surround sound system. The center speaker and subwoofer is a QSC K12 PA speaker when I don’t need it for a gig. It has it’s own 1,000 watt built in amp, so I run both the center channel and subwoofer leads to the two input channels on the back. The rear channels are the Bose Acousticmass crappy speakers that came with the system. This setup works well.

  4. There are some speakers like NHT 2.9 AND 3.3 that will not work with other center channel speakers including most NHT center channel speakers. They have specific center channels that are wired in the same weird phase of those two main speakers. I’m not sure if just wiring a different used center channel out of phase with those main speakers will work.

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