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    Default Center speaker doesn''t fit in cabinet, now what

    Hi all,

    I just had new cabinets installed underneath my TV and the center speaker I purchased does not fit. I wanted to get your recommendations on what I use instead. I'd rather not cut open the cabinet to fit.

    The center speaker I have is a CSiA4. It is 20 inches wide and my cabinets are 19 3/4 inches wide (with the doors off). I've tried every angle, and there is no way they will fit.

    I am running a 5.1 system in a 16x16 room. The fronts are bookshelf speakers - Polk RTiA3s and the backs are ceiling mounted RC80Is. Polk only offers smaller centers in one of their starter lines.

    Thoughts?

    - Should I purchase another identical bookshelf speaker from Polk and use it as my center?
    - Should I use a center from a different company? (and therefore not have all Polk for my fronts)
    - Should I purchase the Polk CSM center? (I am not sure if this is good enough to match my bookshelf speakers as the specs are a little less)

    Thanks in advance for your ideas.

    -Gary

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    You can always mount it above the TV. I am sure there are some elegant methods available.

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    If can't do what zeppage2 suggests, then, assuming there is enough room for the RTiA3 to fit on it's side (is the width greater than the height of the opening?), I would go that way.
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    Who installed the cabinets?

    Can they come back to modify the cabinet so it can fit?

    Can we get a picture of the set up so that we can see what you're working with?
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    Buy a used CS400i, they sound great and will fit and be semi timbre matched.
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    Putting the center in a cabinet generally sounds horrible. Might be a blessing in disguise. Mount it above the TV if possible.

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    I have used furniture raisers to raise a wooden board on top of the stand.
    Center goes under that and TV on top.
    Worked great.

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    You could do something like this. I built a bridge, but you could get something classy to attach to your wall behind your display. Then use isolation wedges to get the angle you need for your center. Lots of ideas out there, I'm sure you'll find something that suits your needs.
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