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Best way to add a center channel

JoachimStrobel

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If you want center voice to end up in an extra loudspeaker under your TV, then you could consider an old analog Dolby surround system. The better ones had an active matrix steerer that would kind of capture sound that is made for the center. In another step you could find a hdmi switch that feeds that center channel via HDMI into your TV, avoiding an extra amp&speaker
 

sarumbear

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What is the recommended way to add a center channel to an existing 2.0 system connected to a TV through HDMI ARC?

My amp has HT passthrough. However, it seems excessive to get a 7.1 AVR with pre-out (it probably won't fit into my cabinet) just to add one channel.

Is there something like an active center speaker that:
  1. takes HDMI ARC input
  2. decodes surround formats
  3. extracts center channel and plays it
  4. output L and R through RCA
One would think many people with a 2-channel system will want to add a center speaker for better TV dialogs.

Alternatively, who makes the smallest Class D, 3.1/5.1 AVR with pre-outs? I have space for half-width, 2U or maybe 3U at most.
Centre speaker is fed from a separate channel of the sound track. When you listen in stereo you are hearing a mix down. The only correct way to feed a centre channel speaker is to decode the surround track along with LR.
 

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