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Old 12th June 2005, 03:47 PM   #11
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At the moment, B&W 330i's as front & B&W 110i's as rears

I'm thinking about building a pair of horn's later on.
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Old 12th June 2005, 03:57 PM   #12
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In my experience it's better to start with the mains and add a center channel later.
Most HT pre-pros have the ability to create a "phantom" center channel, sometimes by just turning off the center channel. If you can sit at or near the "sweet spot" this setting is superior to L-C-R, IMHO. If you have seating that is outside the "sweet spot" the center channel helps bring the dialog back to the center.
Installing a center channel that has far different tonality than the mains is more likely to detract from the experience rather than add to it.
That said, if your plan is to build horns you should be able to use the same driver for the center as the mains by installing the driver in a BR cabinet rather than a horn. Your only loss should be bass response which would be acceptable in most situations. Even if you get close on the driver type it may work. For example; I built a pair of FE207E mains in ML-TL cabs then added a dual FE167E in a BR cab for the center which worked out well. All 4 drivers were similar enough in tonality to work well together.
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Old 13th June 2005, 06:32 AM   #13
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Hello.

As a center to match with a pair of FE208ES would you choose a pair of FE167 instead of only one FE207E?

I think the box needed for BR will be similar in two cases.
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Old 13th June 2005, 12:24 PM   #14
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I found for home theater applications the dual driver center had better horizontal dispersion. Keep in mind that the specification for surround sound is to have identical speakers in all positions so any variance from that is a compromise. Very few home audio systems meet the Dolby spec.
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Old 13th June 2005, 03:12 PM   #15
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Just looked at the datasheet for the 126E, a 10,5L BR looks a bit odd in WinISD?
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Old 13th June 2005, 03:14 PM   #16
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Are you going to need that speaker to be shielded? If yes then you'll need to look at the xx7E models. The xx6E models do better in horns and the xx7E do better in BR.
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Shielded is not needed, thanks for the BR tip though
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Old 19th April 2009, 12:32 PM   #18
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And pulling this thread out of the deep dark depths- I have a question!

I have two FE87E drivers lying around that I was considering using for a pair of read surrounds. However, I think I've decided that a centre channel is somewhat more necessary for dialogue in a HT setup.

Would it be appropriate to use these two drivers in a sealed (or BR) enclosure as a centre channel? Or would it be more worthwhile to purchase the suggestion 207 and continue with the original plan of using the FE87Es as surrounds?

Although, perhaps it would be worthwhile to use the 87s in the centre and go for something capable of a bit more bass for the surrounds.

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Old 20th April 2009, 01:55 PM   #19
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check out this italian website

i could be jealous of this

http://www.maclementhorn.it/Fostex_B...meTheatre.html
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Old 20th April 2009, 09:58 PM   #20
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Oh wow. That's really, really nice.
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