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    Default Center Channel in wall or on wall? What is better?

    Debating whether to sink the center channel into the drywall or hang on wall / place on mantle.

    What is best?

    What Polk Center Channel do you have and how do you like it?

    If you could have any Polk Center Channel, which one would you switch to and why?

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    If the center channel you choose is over about 14 inches wide, chances are it won't fit into the wall, most homes are built with the wall studs 16 inches on center. Just a bit of information.
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    Polk Audio CSiA6 Center
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    Canare 4S11 >Center
    Audioquest Evergreens on most of the analog connections
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    Marantz CD6004
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    Parasound Zphono Phono Preamp
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    If it has rear ports you may be limiting the sound quality be sinking it into the wall plus the width restrictions as stated prior.
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    Sony BDP-S790 Dishnetwork Hopper/Joey Logitech Harmony One Apple TV
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    If you are going to go in wall use an in wall speaker, they are made to be front firing and ported.

    It would help us to know what speakers and amp you are matching this with, and what your main options are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicagojoe View Post
    Debating whether to sink the center channel into the drywall or hang on wall / place on mantle.
    Your going to have to be more specific. Anything in-wall needs a speaker designed for that application. You mentioned a "mantle", which means above a fireplace I take it ? That has it's own set of problems. Please state what it is your trying to do, budget, and gear you already have so we can best guide you. The "best" of anything varies greatly to each individual needs.

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