The center channel is the most important part of a movie soundtrack, reproducing the actor's voices and all of the other sounds associated with the on-screen action. Typically placed above, atop, or just below the television, the center channel speaker reproduces 75%+ of the on-screen action in a Dolby Digital soundtrack. It is, therefore, important that it have a wide frequency response and high power handling capacity. For optimum performance, this speaker should also be voice-matched to the other speakers in your home theater, creating a seamless soundstage as action moves from left to center to right (and back) during playback of the selection.
The NS-C444 has dual 5" Polymer Injected Mica Diaphragm (PMD)woofers and a 1" Aluminium Dome Tweeter, capable of handling a whopping 100 to 250 watts.
Unlike most homes, movie theaters use sound absorbing materials on walls and ceilings. The result is that the sound reaching your ears is the sound wave produced by the speakers rather than reflected off the walls. Yamaha has created wave guides that greatly reduce reflected sound and increase the proportion of directly generated sound waves reaching your ears. The result is a clear and precise sense of sound direction and placement.
The speaker is magnetically shielded, so it can be placed on a TV or video monitor without degrading the picture via stray magnetic fields.
In the Box
Yamaha NS-C444 Dual 5" 2-Way 100-250 Watts Center Speaker