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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2020, 15:48 »
heheh, not everything happens overnight. part of the journey.  :) bit by bit... that's the fun part.
When I think about your matching centre, and matching amp....  :-X

Lol for stereo listening using XLR i love the kantas when it comes to concerts using 5.1 or 7.1....centre channel comes to my mind if my centre channel could match up with my fronts in terms of the resolving details, imagining and speed
I dont like to mix music and Ht system together due noise churning out from HT  ;D

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2020, 16:01 »
When I think about your matching centre, and matching amp....  :-X
I dont like to mix music and Ht system together due noise churning out from HT  ;D

Had a lot of concert blurays with 5.1 and 7.1 so it kinda of add the feels when listening....some multi-channels from disc does did a great job not all....

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2020, 17:07 »
When I think about your matching centre, and matching amp....  :-X
I dont like to mix music and Ht system together due noise churning out from HT  ;D

Still Thats the fun part too. we have so many ways to do it. its what keeps us all here engaged. Care and share
now that you mentioned. i should get matching stereo amp for surrounds as well?. haha siao liao.
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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2020, 17:12 »
No wonder there's no end to this.....as my friend say to me.....what's your next move on your setup he ask me that day....hmmm maybe i change my centre channel to same model to match up? then he say once you got your centre might upgrade change your amp to a better one and using current amp to drive your centre.......wa jiatlat....

yup that's the way it IS. just have to do it at your own comfortable pace. Enjoy Both HT and Hifi at the same time.
i am more envious of those who have 2 different rooms. 1 HT and 1 Hifi. what bro tiktokape did was another way i did not thought of.
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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2020, 19:21 »
It is the coherency and midrange from front speakers that one must take note, very noticeable when the speakers get more resolving.

+1, has to be the same, don’t sacrifice on this, the same findings I had on coherence. Once u rojak, it takes away that coherence

Ok to rojak for Atmos, but front 3 strict no no...

Definitely don’t rojak the subs as well, one ported one seal or different Brand’s Etc, that’s even worse, very challenging

U won’t be able to tell until u AB it.

The key problem lies in blending of the mains with the sub, the more the variation, the more complex it gets, the more timing and phase issues u need to deal with

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2020, 20:23 »
It is the coherency and midrange from front speakers that one must take note, very noticeable when the speakers get more resolving.

+1, has to be the same, don’t sacrifice on this, the same findings I had on coherence. Once u rojak, it takes away that coherence

Ok to rojak for Atmos, but front 3 strict no no...

Definitely don’t rojak the subs as well, one ported one seal or different Brand’s Etc, that’s even worse, very challenging


+1 too on that the LCR coherence is very vital. I used different timbre centre last time from LR speakers.

But after switching to same timbre LCR, it made such a big difference and there was no turning back. Your LCR speaker-to-speaker panning, frontal stage, overall frontal dialogue and immersion will be up another level.

If you can have your surrounds same timbre too as LCR, it wld be great too but not as significant as internal between LCR.

ATMOS still can be different timbre still not so critical.


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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2020, 20:44 »
difficult to decide whether i should go for a focal kanta centre channel same as my L/R or a sopra centre channel price differences is few hundred...

I feel having a good centre and timbre matching with LR is a critical piece for your LCR panning, frontal stage, immersion in HT.

In terms of HT gear (placement and calibration aside), I would rate this as one of the HIGHEST priority items, besides having multiple (identical) subs with a house curve implemented on the subs; as well as a good quality AVR. =)
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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2020, 21:13 »
Me thinks 70%-90% of movie audio content goes to the LCR. I’d highly recommend LCR to stay with same brand & same model family.

Sometimes it pays to wait for the matching C to appear in the pre-loved market. In the meantime, use phantom C as workaround.


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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2020, 22:22 »
Me thinks 70%-90% of movie audio content goes to the LCR. I’d highly recommend LCR to stay with same brand & same model family.

Sometimes it pays to wait for the matching C to appear in the pre-loved market. In the meantime, use phantom C as workaround.


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I see....i buying new as sopra centre channel price is not a thousand dollars difference from kanta so thought maybe getting a higher end model will it really matter in the overall sound........i also know that sopra has w cones instead of flax and might be harder to drive
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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2020, 08:59 »
Me thinks 70%-90% of movie audio content goes to the LCR. I’d highly recommend LCR to stay with same brand & same model family.

Sometimes it pays to wait for the matching C to appear in the pre-loved market. In the meantime, use phantom C as workaround.


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+1, that’s a good suggestion, phantom centre will work as well. If done correctly

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2020, 09:03 »
Will AVR audyssey still work if it doesn't detect a center channel?

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2020, 10:21 »
Will AVR audyssey still work if it doesn't detect a center channel?

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Audyssey will ask you if you are using CC before running the EQ.



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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2020, 11:40 »
I do find there is more coherence using the same brand. But my centre is higher range compared to LR. I find I get more bang upgrading centre than LR. Of course if money no object upgrade all. But usually doesnt go that way haha.

How do you share the LR speakers with 2 channel hifi?  I find it troublesome to plug and unplug speakers from different amps, so I gave up.

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2020, 12:04 »
I do find there is more coherence using the same brand. But my centre is higher range compared to LR. I find I get more bang upgrading centre than LR. Of course if money no object upgrade all. But usually doesnt go that way haha.

How do you share the LR speakers with 2 channel hifi?  I find it troublesome to plug and unplug speakers from different amps, so I gave up.
For my case, my preamp has HT Bypass. So AVR is one of the inputs of the preamp together with other stuff like CD player and DAC

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Re: Is it okay to get a different model centre channel but same brand?
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2020, 12:24 »
I do find there is more coherence using the same brand. But my centre is higher range compared to LR. I find I get more bang upgrading centre than LR. Of course if money no object upgrade all. But usually doesnt go that way haha.

How do you share the LR speakers with 2 channel hifi?  I find it troublesome to plug and unplug speakers from different amps, so I gave up.

I see....my LR is connected another integrated amp's (Home Theatre input) from my AVR's (pre-out) , the integrated amp was also connected to my 205 xlr out so i wanna listen to stereo i go select BAL from my amp....if i wan movies i will select (HE) let my AVR do it's job

May i ask what brand you using? is using a higher range centre than L/R sounds weird or it blends in nicely think i gonna go do some demo to decide.....buying a higher model centre i also scare i will change my L/R to match up my centre which is scary even though the pricing wise is not a huge gap......think is a trick to make you upgrade