Originally Posted by ralphp@optonline
The center channel is the single most important speaker in a surround sound setup when used to watch movies and TV. Just about all of the dialog goes directly to the center channel. I learned this first hand when the center channel of home theater receiver blew out about 2 years ago and just about everything I tried to watch had no dialog. Now if this bedroom setup will not be your main home theater setup and mainly used for music listening with only the occasional TV viewing, then by all means go with a 2.1 channel setup. And remember if find the dialog hard to make oout then you can always add a center channel speaker.
Yea, I figured that - it made a huge difference to dialogue in my movies - they came out a lot clearer and louder.
Originally Posted by cel4145
Many people get along fine with only 2 speakers as opposed to 3 (with a center). Could be 2.1 would work fine for you. The benefit of the center channel is generally better dialogue clarity and an improved, smoother front soundstage when things move from left to right.
The Sonos Connect seems pretty pricey, and it only supports audio streaming, if I'm not mistaken. Check out AVS's networking streaming forum
for other streaming options.
Well I was planning on building a HTPC that would stream both my FLAC music alongside my BluRay and DVD rips. If you're saying I can get by with a 3 speaker system and no surrounds then I'd be OK with going this route. If the surrounds are essential for a good movie experience then it's probably better that I get a network music streamer and stick to a 2.1 system.
Keep in mind that I will eventually be upgrading my living room home theater for a more proper movie watching experience (projectors, good floor standers, etc.) so I don't need the up most sound quality for my movies for a small bedroom.
Edited by hikaru12 - 2/24/14 at 2:07pm