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I was thinking of getting a center channel for my PC setup for a 3.1 Polk System. setup is in my sig

Any real advantages to this?

Also how will a center channel change the sound for music?

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Center channel with add more realism to gaming/movies etc... for sure, most dialogue will come through that, and some effects coming from that direction etc... So it'd be a plus for gaming. For music though it would be worse, if you could disable it when playing music by switching the surround mode on the receiver to 2.1 instead of 3.1 then it'd be better, Center channels aren't meant for music but for movies or games, but even if you can disable, the it most of the music should come out of the mains and it should be a problem smile.gif

Oh and those are some nice speakers the Polk R15's ... I was almost gonna buy some but just stuck with what I have tongue.gif
   
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I figured that when listening to music I could then put my receiver in Stereo mode or use my sound card to only use 2 speaker mode.

I am really enjoying the r15.

I would love to get some rears and do a 5.1 for gaming, but am unsure how to setup my room to make that work. I would really have to move things around.

I was thinking the 3.1 setup would help when I am watching blu rays.
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Yeah for the short time I had a Center in the mix I didnt really feel like it was needed. Doesnt hurt but I was using a small center rolleyes.gif. If you have room for a bigger center speaker then go for it, don't forget that a center isnt all highs. They pack woofer in them as well, it will sound just fine with music. If you get a bigger one that is, smaller ones should be passed up.

My sound equipment is in my sig, but surround sound is worth it. Will immerse you into a game like BF3 better then headphone will TBH, or atleast for me. Having headphones on physically kill the experience for me. Also depending on how you setup your system, HDMI vs Optical vs multi-channel analog will determine if you can do 5.1 or not. if you want 5.1 on Optical you need a soundcard that will do DD or DTS live encoding. I use multichannel myself pretty much forcing my soundcard to be the DAC, works great like this if you have a receiver that does multi channel and not HDMI. If using HDMI or Optical then your Receiver is being used as a DAC.
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It's useless for music. Depending on how it's set up, 2 channel audio won't play through it anyway. For games you would have to set it at 5.1 and if your receiver is set to auto configure; the audio will automatically set to 5.1. Though you will have to disable the surround speakers and probably set up surround emulation, because you won't get the audio from the surround speakers.

It's great for movies and gaming though. Pretty much all dialogue will go through the center. It will offer better audio positioning in games too. If you do go through with getting a center channel then go for the Polk Audio CSM center. It's supposed to timbre match with the R15.
    
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It's useless for music. Depending on how it's set up, 2 channel audio won't play through it anyway. For games you would have to set it at 5.1 and if your receiver is set to auto configure; the audio will automatically set to 5.1. Though you will have to disable the surround speakers and probably set up surround emulation, because you won't get the audio from the surround speakers.

It's great for movies and gaming though. Pretty much all dialogue will go through the center. It will offer better audio positioning in games too. If you do go through with getting a center channel then go for the Polk Audio CSM center. It's supposed to timbre match with the R15.

If he had a soundcard like my Creative-Z it would Mix it in for him.
Not sure if the Asus cards have sound software like that but even my old Creative XtremeGamer has CMSS Stereo Surround mode that played the same music to rear and front and center. The Z cards have totally different software then older Creative cards, also will send 5.1 over optical.

All my Music comes out in 4.1 and sounds great.
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It's useless for music. Depending on how it's set up, 2 channel audio won't play through it anyway. For games you would have to set it at 5.1 and if your receiver is set to auto configure; the audio will automatically set to 5.1. Though you will have to disable the surround speakers and probably set up surround emulation, because you won't get the audio from the surround speakers.

It's great for movies and gaming though. Pretty much all dialogue will go through the center. It will offer better audio positioning in games too. If you do go through with getting a center channel then go for the Polk Audio CSM center. It's supposed to timbre match with the R15.

the two I was looking at were

Polk TL1

Polk CS10

only real requirement is that it needs to be less than 6" tall

The polk CS1 acrually looks like the exact match to the R15..
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A center is very useful for music...if you listen to multichannel music.

Although on the PC, that's generally going to come down to either ripping your own songs using a launch-PS3 with SACD-RIPPER (which I do)...or piracy...although neither is technically legal -_-
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A center is very useful for music...if you listen to multichannel music.

Although on the PC, that's generally going to come down to either ripping your own songs using a launch-PS3 with SACD-RIPPER (which I do)...or piracy...although neither is technically legal -_-

If you own your songs and use software to create multi-channel music. That in no way is illegal. you can use quicktime pro to make multi channel music.

There is also plenty of multi-channel music on amazon, ebay, and locally where I live. I havent really gotten into it, but my father is.

I have a better system in my media room that I could do that with.
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

If you own your songs and use software to create multi-channel music. That in no way is illegal. you can use quicktime pro to make multi channel music.

There is also plenty of multi-channel music on amazon, ebay, and locally where I live. I havent really gotten into it, but my father is.

I have a better system in my media room that I could do that with.
You'll get much more from adding rear channels before center. Front L/R already covers the whole front, and can already place a sound where the center will be. As long as your sat in the middle of the "sweet spot" of the front L/R (which you are with a typical PC setup) a center doesn't add anything new.
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