Question: Can you use a sound bar as a center channel?

Can you use a soundbar as a centre channel speaker in your surround sound system? The short answer is no, a soundbar cannot replace a centre speake without compromising sound quality.

Is a sound bar the same as a center speaker?

The answer is no! Passive soundbars and center channel speakers are not the same thing. A passive soundbar uses the three front channels (left, right, and center) while a center speaker only uses the center channel.

What is soundbar center channel?

A center channel speaker will be connected with an amp/receiver (with left and right channel speakers) as a single component in your sound system. On the other hand, using a high-quality center channel speaker will provide a higher audio quality but will cost more than a Soundbar (with multiple channels built-in).

What makes a center channel speaker?

Center channel refers to an audio channel common to many surround sound formats. It is the channel that is mostly, or fully, dedicated to the reproduction of the dialogue of an audiovisual program. The center channel eliminates the need of creating a phantom center with left and right stereo speakers.

Can I use any speaker as a center speaker?

You can use any speaker (except a subwoofer) for your center channel, but ideally, youd use a speaker that has a horizontal, rather than vertical, or square, cabinet design, such as the example shown below from Aperion Audio.

Does a soundbar need to be centered?

Sound Bar Positioning So unless you are planning on using a separate discrete surround sound system, make sure you plan on adding a sound bar. Not only does a sound bar need to be centered under your TV for optimum audio, but you need to consider its dimensions as well.

Should I use a center channel speaker?

So if your family or friends watch movies together, Id definitely recommend using a center channel speaker. But for one or two people sitting directly in front of their TV a center isnt necessary, and almost always sounds less good than the left and right speakers.

Do I really need a center channel speaker?

A center channel speaker is a critical component of a home theater system set-up as it delivers about 70% of the dialogue from movies and television. Without one, youre missing out on vital parts of what youre watching.

Do you really need a center channel speaker?

A center channel speaker is a critical component of a home theater system set-up as it delivers about 70% of the dialogue from movies and television. Without one, youre missing out on vital parts of what youre watching.

How high should a center channel speaker be?

Center speakers are very directional so projecting the dialogue lower than ear level makes characters sound “boxy” or unintelligible- especially at mid to high frequency sounds. The fix: Place your center speaker at ear level when seated. This is usually around 30” to 50” off the ground.

How big should my center channel speaker be?

A center speaker should have a frequency range of 120 to 3000 Hz, and should not go much higher or lower. 4-inch drivers without tweeters will cover this range, actually, so most center speakers are times 10 overkill. The sound QUALITY of those speakers is what is important, for good clarity.

Can you attach a soundbar to a TV?

Soundbar mounts are designed to work with your TVs VESA pattern (little holes on the back). They are basically universally compatible with TVs, wall mounts, and stands. If your TV is on its stock stand and the VESA holes arent being used, the install will be really quick.

Is center channel necessary?

A center channel speaker is a critical component of a home theater system set-up as it delivers about 70% of the dialogue from movies and television. Without one, youre missing out on vital parts of what youre watching.

Can TV be used as speaker?

If your TV doesnt use RCA connectors for audio output, it may have a headphone out port (3.5mm port). You can use this to connect your TV to the speakers. Theyre the same connector used on phones, tablets, laptops, etc. For this, youll need to use a 3.5mm audio jack on the TV end and a RCA jack on the speaker end.

Should I set my center speaker to large or small?

Obviously for home theater applications, your system should be able to reproduce 20Hz (or lower) for maximum effect. In order to get the full benefit of your AV receivers internal crossover, if you have a subwoofer your front (left, center, right) speakers should be set to small – regardless of their capabilities.

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