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    Question Center channel Question

    Can a bookshelf speaker be used as a center channel? For example, for virtually the same price (at Brandnamez.com) I can get a brand new pair of RTI38's (and use the second speaker as the rear channel as I upgrade) or a CSi40. Is there something special that a center channel does differently than any other speaker... The frequency response are almost identical...

    Would anyone recommend or not recommend doing this?

    Any help/info would be great! Thanks!

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    I think it is a great idea, only thing to worry about is placement, I would think you will want it to stand up and not be laid on its side. I had the same idea.
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    Along the same vein, I use center channel speakers for surrounds, and they work really well.

    I see no reason why you couldn't use a bookshelf speaker for a center channel, with the possible exception that the tweeter might be off center, whereas most true center channels have the tweet in the middle. This difference may or may not be audible in real world listening.

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    This difference may or may not be audible in real world listening.
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    Thanks everyone. I emailed a friend about this and he mentioned that I'll probably have to use the bookshelf speaker in the upright position so that you maintain a vertical alignment of the drivers. Which makes sense, but aesthetically it doesn't look as good as a big old CS400i or CSi40 sitting on top of your TV!

    Thanks again!
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    Tryrrthg- think you hit the nail... with it being mostly an aesthetic thing.
    It will work.
    Obviously the goal in design was to keep the speaker low in profile and as close to the tv as possible, but in a blind test, I wonder how many people could really hear a difference.

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    I wouldn't go that route only because I'd prefer the traditional two woofers plus the tweeter. With all the information that comes from the center channel two 6.5 drivers would be able to handle the load more efficiently. Not to mention that it's awesome ....(I have the cs400i and I wouldn't change it for the world !!!).
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    i put my cs-400i up on end for vertical alignment it dose sound better that way on my system.
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    Dude if you have the opportunity to use the SAME exact speaker all the way around than without a question do it. In my room I use the exact same in-wall for LCR and I get a completely seamless front soundstage. And if you you can use two pair of RTI38's for surrounds as well as surround back and your theater will sound incredible.
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    Thanks everyone! I'll take all these things into consideration! All I do know is I need to spend as little money as possible! So I'm looking for a good deal!

    Thanks!
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