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    I don't remember who but somebody on this forum once used an LSi9 as a center channel speaker. I'm just curious if this is superior, inferior, or just similar to the LSi-C when playing movies.

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    It seems like it has all been asked before. I experimented with two Monitor 5s as centers and decided on just the one. Partly appearance and partly when I used two, the ohms dropped, the amp kicked them more power and my theory/ears told me that they were overpowering the fronts. In DVDs with strong center channel info, I found myself looking at the speakers as the sound seemed to be so directly from them. So, I now have just one. It is so far superior to the JBL series N center that it isn't funny.

    In the old post you linked, one veteran member suggested that speaker mfrs would just sell 3 of the same if they worked as well or better than centers. I'm not so sure. I get the feeling there is a lot of markup in centers and more money to mfrs/dealers. Maybe not.

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    Actually, a friend of mine bought the LSi25 and I bought the LSi15 so we were thinking about splitting a pair of 9's for center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchowmein View Post
    Actually, a friend of mine bought the LSi25 and I bought the LSi15 so we were thinking about splitting a pair of 9's for center.
    Works very well. I am running a 7 with my 15's (front projector setup), before the LSi's I was running RTi150's with RTi70 as centre. There's nothing wrong with non-centre speaker as one as long as it doesn't mess with the display setup.

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    Thx for the feedback guys! I picked up an LSi9 from Tweeter closing sale.

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    I used to use a single 9 as a center and it worked well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post
    I used to use a single 9 as a center and it worked well.
    Bingo! You were the person I was thinking of. Read an earlier thread somewhere but I just couldn't remember who/what/where.

    I read too many posts.

    Did you place the 9 on it's side with the tweeter up or was the 9 placed vertically?

    Thx!

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    I placed it on its side. You will find though that the sweet spot is narrowed but I found it to be way better than the LSiC. Dialogue was more intelligible.
    Sharp Elite 70
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    Parasound HCA 1000
    Oppo BDP 95
    Von Schweikert VR4 Jr R/L Fronts
    Von Schweikert LCR 4 Center
    Totem Mask Surrounds X4
    Hsu ULS-15 Quad Drive Subwoofers
    Sony PS3
    Squeezebox Touch

    Polk Atrium 7s on the patio just to keep my foot in the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post
    I placed it on its side. You will find though that the sweet spot is narrowed but I found it to be way better than the LSiC. Dialogue was more intelligible.
    +1
    Perfect description of the 9's as a center channel speaker although I'm comparing with the CSi25 (4ohm) center speaker since I don't have the LSiC. The sweet spot is very narrow.

    Watching Casino Royale, I sometimes have a problem with the dialogue because I don't have an ear for british accent. The 9's are so clear, I can make out passages that were unintelligent to me before. Yes, duh, I could have turned on subtitles but why when you have great speakers?

    Thx, Wingnut!

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    Glad it's working out for you.:)
    Sharp Elite 70
    Anthem D2V 3D
    Parasound 5250
    Parasound HCA 1000 A
    Parasound HCA 1000
    Oppo BDP 95
    Von Schweikert VR4 Jr R/L Fronts
    Von Schweikert LCR 4 Center
    Totem Mask Surrounds X4
    Hsu ULS-15 Quad Drive Subwoofers
    Sony PS3
    Squeezebox Touch

    Polk Atrium 7s on the patio just to keep my foot in the door.

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