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    Default Center Channel and/or Subwoofer for SRS 2

    Let me say this up front, I'm not a big movie guy, so the MOST important thing for my system is 2 channel sound. In fact, I just recently finally got a Blu Ray player. But I recently had to replace my old NAD A/V receiver and all the research into that got me thinking ( always dangerous, or expensive.)

    So here's what I'm wondering. In all my time with my SRS 2s, I thought the imaging was pretty darn good, heck that's why I bought them. So I thought a center channel speaker wasn't really necessary and might even make thing worse. I also thought they had pretty good bass response, so never really considered a sub either. What do you all think about the relative merits of a center channel and sub? Which ones would you recommend taking a look at? (I've been peeking at a SVS SB13 Ultra.) Of course the sub would have benefits in stereo mode that the center channel would not, and of course it costs a heck of a lot more.

    Looking forward to opinions.

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    Might want to look at HSU subs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter808484 View Post
    ...What do you all think about the relative merits of a center channel and sub?
    They are both necessary to hear what multi-channel sound engineers created and intended you to hear. This is true for movies, TV, and multi-channel music.

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    Funny I have the same speakers and dont have a center or sub but have been looking. I use my ps3 for blurays and dont care for surround sound. I was told to get a 15" sub, center channels I havent seen anything great that doesnt cost $1000 but Im no expert.
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    I use my 1Bs for both music and HT. I absolutely need a center channel for dialog; and I have it turned up more than "theory" calls for. The spoken word soundtrack is not done justice by the 1Bs alone.

    I considered a subwoofer; ended up buying a Buttkicker. Depth charges from the movie U571 seem entirely satisfactory to me. I would expect an SRS 2 to have more/better bass than my 1Bs.

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    I am using my SDA 1B's strictly as a 2 channel. Music as well as HT.....all good here!! I doubt I'll add any more speakers to that room, but to each their own for sure. Keep is posted as to what you go with and the results!
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