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center for genelec 8341a, is center that important for movies?

sarumbear

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You have a point: if the material is originally mixed for the center channel, it sounds reasonable. But my point of pain was listening to stereo up-mixed (Dolby Digital+). Too much of the soundstage is squeezed into the center, even with spread on. And, as I said, I found no reason to keep the center for movies after trying center-less. Although I do intend to revisit this topic after building a better center channel speaker. I'd be more inclined to keep it if it could be turned off and on with a single button click.
Up-mixing is an effect hence it is pretty subjective. I cannot possibly comment on it.
 

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Up-mixing is an effect hence it is pretty subjective. I cannot possibly comment on it.
It's great to talk to a person who actually knows what they're talking about, you've set my mind straight on this. Thank you. I should listen to more music natively mixed for multi-channel, and with a center speaker that better matches my mains, before deciding whether the center channel is beneficial or not.
Still, in a pinch, not having the center speaker can be fine in a small listening space - at least in my experience.
 
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Still, in a pinch, not having the center speaker can be fine in a small listening space.
Can is the operative word, but is it? :)
 

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Op sounds like you're going to have a nice setup.

I've always preferred the native mixing without upmixing or downmixing as it always seemed to produce some weird stuff. Have you AVR play stereo if it's stereo and surround if it's surround.

I guess you just need some GLM capable surrounds now?
 
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