ARE HOME THEATER SPEAKERS DIFFERENT?
Some people feel that movie soundtracks require special home theater speakers to enhance the intelligibility of dialogue. It is our opinion that people feel this need because the speakers they have heard either have poor clarity or because the speakers obscure the dialogue due to an incorrectly balanced sonic spectrum. It is true that some soundtracks are poorly mixed, with dialogue too quiet and/or muddled for good lucidity. However, altering the speakers to compensate for deficiencies in some soundtracks would result in properly mixed, good soundtracks sounding wrong and unnatural. Speakers designed especially for dialogue have two problems, in our opinion. First, they attempt to increase intelligibility by restricting ambient, reverberant energy in the vocal region. This reduction causes all sounds in this region (not just the voices) to be unnaturally dry. Secondly, the methods used to achieve the restricted energy dispersion invariably cause other sonic problems such as unnatural