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    Default A pair of RTi6's as a center channel?

    Greetings!
    Don't post often but am here daily,always trying to get my learn on.
    Anyways,I would like to ask the advice of the pros.
    I just recently moved to a new house and am slowly in the process of setting up a modest 5.1 in the finished basement.

    I have an Outlaw 1050 rcvr and a pair of RTi6's as mains,could I use another pair of the 6's as a center channel instead of a traditional center?
    (I can get the 6's rather cheap because of a friend)and would prefer this route instead of a CSi5.

    If I layed them on their sides I assume it would be similar the the CS (except the extra tweeter)

    If I used stackable 'nanners on the Outlaw end-running two cables out of the center output-1 to one of the 6's and 1 to the other.

    Would this work? wouldn't it be the same as say bi-wiring the cs or even bi-wiring a single RTi6?
    Am I missing something? Any downside(s) to this?

    Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanx all!
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    I'm not one of the pro's you're looking for, but I am curious if you went ahead and tested it out with your current set of 6's? if you don't get many replies here, try the speaker section.
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    there's no reason you can't do it.. but i think it may work better if you just used one of the RTi6's as the center... but that would leave you with a unused RTi6 speaker. what to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan
    If I used stackable 'nanners on the Outlaw end-running two cables out of the center output-1 to one of the 6's and 1 to the other.
    I believe that would be hooking the speakers up in parallel. Which would half the resistance of the speakers. The amp would see them as a single speaker with half the ohm rating (eg. two 6 ohm speaker look like one 3 ohm speaker).

    I don't know what your amp is capable of. But if it can't handle the lower ohm rating, either hook them up in series, or add some resistance. When I was running two R20s as a center. I used a monster speaker selector box, which added 4 ohms resistance, to hook them up.

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    How good of a deal can you get RTi6's for?
    There's a CSi30 center F/S in the Flea Market for $100 (no affil.)
    that seems like it would be a better choice, IMHO.
    I used a pair of R15s as a center for a while before I got my CSi30, and there's no comparison. I know 15s aren't 6's, but I think the results would be similar. Demo both setups if you can, and trust your ears.

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    I would not go this route. A CSi5 uses (2) 6.5" woofers in a cascade tapered array, meaning that one woofer is crossed over at a higher frequency than the other. One driver handles the mids and the other the lows. In this arrangement the drivers are not duplicating work. Using 2 RTi6s would not give you this benefit. Both 6.5" drivers would be reproducing the same sounds. This would only lead to degradation of the imaging. You'd be better off using 1 RTi6 as a center and use the second on as a rear surround back (6.1) speaker.
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    Thanks for the replies!
    I thought about using just one,but as DB said that would leave me with an unused 6 and I wanted to take advantage of using the extra larger driver (just like the cs has)

    I guess my main concern is the sound of the two tweeters (as opposed to the one on the cs) I know it's up to my ears to decide-but would this make it
    sound too bright/harsh whatever you would call it-having four tweets in total
    from the front soundstage?

    More important-I'm not sure about the ohm/resistance thing as was mentioned-or is it like I stated earlier-wouldn't it be like biwiring a single speak?
    two seperate cables coming from the Outlaws output,but instead of one going to the upper binding post and one to the lower, one cable would go to one 6 and one cable to the other(with homemade jumpers in place)?

    Thanks again!
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