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Hi all,

I have been hunting for an ikon vokal speaker, which seems rare these days to match my Ikon 7 front speakers set at home.

I want to get the centre speaker to improve the "dialogue" especially when I watch movies, especially action movies or dramas where it has lots of dialogue.

 

MY question is, if I buy a center speaker (Dali) but not an ikon type say maybe a concept or their Zensor will it cause an imbalance or the difference should be very minimum comparing if I get an Ikon Vokal speaker?

Any alternative center speaker I should be looking ?

 

 

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5 hours ago, p4r4m31c1um said:

Hi all,

I have been hunting for an ikon vokal speaker, which seems rare these days to match my Ikon 7 front speakers set at home.

I want to get the centre speaker to improve the "dialogue" especially when I watch movies, especially action movies or dramas where it has lots of dialogue.

 

MY question is, if I buy a center speaker (Dali) but not an ikon type say maybe a concept or their Zensor will it cause an imbalance or the difference should be very minimum comparing if I get an Ikon Vokal speaker?

Any alternative center speaker I should be looking ?

 

 

The easy answer is:You should be fine using another generic  center speaker - look for one with 6-8 ohm impedance, and one that suits your decor.

 

The more thoughtful answer is to ask.  What can you do to get dialogue reproduced to your satisfaction without a center speaker ?  The inventor of stereo was Alan Blumein and his ideas enable full stereo reproduction. To help, and perhaps save you the expense of a center speaker, have a look in your TV's sound settings, and try different settings there with just your existing Dali speakers

 

Your TV manual can help to show, perhaps a few ways movies are reproduced, Mine as I recall has four settings for Standard, Music, Movie and Clear Voice. Even though I am playing a movie, I can choose any of these settings.  Give these settings a go, as it might save having to install a center speaker. Another idea is to slightly move each speaker to intersect where you usually listen.  Hope that helps

 

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Thank you for the recommendation,

I will play around with my av receiver ,(Denon ) settings  and see if it can improve things.

 

I was under the impression that adding centre speaker will improve sound quality for speech but I guess I was wrong.

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3 hours ago, p4r4m31c1um said:

Thank you for the recommendation,

I will play around with my av receiver ,(Denon ) settings  and see if it can improve things.

 

I was under the impression that adding centre speaker will improve sound quality for speech but I guess I was wrong.

And try all the options on your TV sound settings , Re adding a speaker not necessarily wrong, firstly try to find the solution you need with the TV sound settings and angling speakers inward.  Proper stereo reproduction suggests you can do it without the center speaker, and it will be interesting to find out.

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12 hours ago, p4r4m31c1um said:

Thank you for the recommendation,

I will play around with my av receiver ,(Denon ) settings  and see if it can improve things.

 

I was under the impression that adding centre speaker will improve sound quality for speech but I guess I was wrong.

A differing opinion here. Absolutely adding a dedicated center channel will improve everything over “ phantom” centre channel if you utilising a surround receiver in your system. Bear in mind a huge portion of what you hear when watching / listening to a movie is from the centre channel. Personally never heard a phantom centre image setting out perform a dedicated centre channel. Each to their own of course.

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