View Full Version : Center speaker to match JBL 4430

07-23-2010, 12:58 PM
Any suggestion for a center speaker that could match the 4430 in timbre? I have installed the Klipsch surround speakers for an eventual 7.1 setup - right now, I have only 4430, plus the surround speakers (6.0 configured), the 4430s are used for the main speakers. The effect is quite good, and I am wondering if any particular of Klipsch center would match up well.


07-23-2010, 02:19 PM
Consider using no center (phantom center mode). The 4430 are up to it and unless you have HT viewers watching from well off-center a center speaker might not be needed at all.

07-23-2010, 04:10 PM
A phantom center sounds just fine. I eventually found another pair of 4430s, not too many singleton 4430 speakers floating around, so now I have 5 4430s all-around.

07-23-2010, 04:40 PM
Yes, I am using 'phantom center' right now, being a 6.0 system (no sub, no center). I never really own a 5.x or 7.x, so I have no idea what a center could do. But I have no issue so far with no imaging problem (i.e. audio wise).

The preamp is an Onkyo Professional which allows Auddyssey correction, and I was told that Auddyssey needs 7.1 to work best. Amplifier is Nuforce MCH300SE.


Don Mascali
07-24-2010, 08:12 AM
I went without a center for awhile. It's OK for music only, but Dolby decodes specific center channel information and almost all dialog goes there. I built a WTW with a 2344/2426H and two 12". It makes HT a more enjoyable experience.

Sub woofers are another thing. Of course the 2235 is a great woofer but the tuning is compromised because it plays so high up. There is nothing like the impact of the LFE channel on a nice sub (Preferably 2 or more)