alderei wrote:Hi Arin,
I am interested in the 9-element SOUNDBAR. My concern is over the "surround effect." With all of the elements so close together and centered on the wall with the TV, won't the left-front and right-front sound like they are coming from the middle of the room? Right now I have speakers spread out in the room (about 20 ft apart) for the left and right channels. I like the idea of de-cluttering the room, but I am leery of losing the surround effect.
Good question. QP9 W SPEAKERBAR, is designed to be 3 distinctly different speakers in 1 wide format cainet. The cabinet is internally partitioned to make sure each section operates individually. So the Bar is truly a front left, front right and center channle in the space saving 1 cabinet design. At nearly 40" in width, the dispersion is quite good and the 3 channels sound distinct and not muddled. Now, having said that, the wider separation of a separate cabinet for front,and center channels can create a wider soundfield, BUT, since we invented the speakerbar concept in 2003, we know very well how do deal with the issue you mention. Most people prefer the 1 cabinet solution, yet, and in this instance, the QP9 W speakerbar provides the wide soundfield you want. If your receiver has different volume setting for front left, front right and center channel,then you can further tailor the sound with volume levels adjusted.
Not knowing what you have now, we are confident unless the existing products are from a major brand and cost over $800 or so, our Speakerbar would sound better.