What's all this nopiano and Al ears?Al ears said:Perhaps I could quote nopianos' reply to you here because he could see what was coming, but to forestall any elongated arguments with any wind-up merchants I will simply say if you want to create a surround sound system using five different speakers each from five different manufacturers then go ahead its a free country.lindsayt said:Al ears, can you please explain why the speakers in an AV system need to be the same make and preferably the same models?Al ears said:Not too sure what you mean by unique, I assume you mean because it's singlular rather than non-ProAc. I agree with matching and ProAc do actually make a Studio centre speaker to match the 140's
You have made very clear and decisive statements about NEEDING to use speakers from the same manufacturer in an AV system, with them preferably being the same model.
And when asked the very simple question "WHY?", neither of you have answered properly.
So, what is your "need to be the same manufacturer" statement based on?
An overstatement of the importance of aesthetics?
Something you've read?
Personal experience of listening tests of a mixed speaker manufacturer AV system and a non-mixed one?
And Al ears I find your statement about going ahead and using five different speakers from five different manufacturers rather unrelated to the real life situation for most people. The reality is that the vast majority of speakers sold new and 2nd hand will be in pairs or in AV speaker packages. Plus having a symetrical speaker layout makes sense - especially for the 2 main fronts when they will often be used to create a soundstage across the front of the room.
So in a 5.0 system, in reality, you might be looking at three different manufacturers. 5.1 or 5.0.2= four manufacturers. 5.1.2, 7.0.2, 5.0.4 five. And so on.