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    Default Using "regular" speaker for center speaker (RTi8)

    Hi All,

    I'm a newbie and although I tried to search for the answer to my question, I couldn't find one. My apologies in advance if this question has been answered before. And if so, please provide the link. Thanks.

    So my question is "can I use a 'regular' speaker for my center speaker". A salesperson at Frys suggested this idea and his rationale sounded reasonable. As long as my receiver (Yamaha 861) could provide the power, there should be no reason why I can't use RTi8 as my center speaker....right????

    BTW, the deal on RTi8s at Frys right now (including the free PSW10 or $200 towards a subwoofer) is an incredible deal! Yeah, you can find PSW10 for about $100 right now (plus shipping) but still, RTi8 for $149 at Fry's plus a free PSW10 if you spend more than $500 is an incredible deal. I looked at Polk Audio Direct (via eBay) and although they have awesome deals even with the extra shipping charges, the Frys deal is hard to beat.

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    The only issue with using a normal speaker for a center channel is shielding so it doesn't affect a CRT-screen TV. If you have Plasma/LCD it makes no difference.
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    RTi8's are shielded, so if yo have the space, I don't see a reason not to use it.

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    Using a center speaker that is identical to your fronts is actually the ideal setup. Center channels are merely a compromise to space and aesthetics. The Fry's RTi8 deal is unfathomably good...if I were you I'd jump on it. If I had space I'd be buying another pair too! ;-)

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    Ideally shouldn't the tweeter be centered over the TV? If you use a large floor standing speaker the tweeter may be at one end of the TV (depending on the tweeter placement on the speaker). Depending on your seating distance, this may shift the sound to the side. I have not actually experienced this though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximillian View Post
    Ideally shouldn't the tweeter be centered over the TV? If you use a large floor standing speaker the tweeter may be at one end of the TV (depending on the tweeter placement on the speaker). Depending on your seating distance, this may shift the sound to the side. I have not actually experienced this though.
    Agreed....you would need it to be standing upright or it would sound like the VD is coming from the side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curved View Post
    Agreed....you would need it to be standing upright or it would sound like the VD is coming from the side.
    thats sounds bad! is VD some kind of Disease?
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    lol......voice/dialogue:D
    Living Room:.................... Zone 2 (Workout Room):
    AVR - Yamaha RX-V757......JBL 4312 Pro Monitors
    Pre - Nak CA-5
    AMP - Adcom 555 (Main)
    Main - Polk RTI8**/RTiA5
    AMP - Adcom 545II (Center)
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    Sub - Snell Basis 300:p......Zone 3 (Outside)
    CD - Yamaha CDC-555.......Def Tech AW5500
    TV - Pani TH-42PZ80U
    BR - LG BD390
    Monster HTS1600 Power Center
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    Ben's IC, Canare 4S11

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    gotcha
    but if u watch ur tv laying down... is this fixed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eloplayspolo View Post
    gotcha
    but if u watch ur tv laying down... is this fixed?
    Yes, but you gotta turn the TV 90 degrees :D
    Living Room:.................... Zone 2 (Workout Room):
    AVR - Yamaha RX-V757......JBL 4312 Pro Monitors
    Pre - Nak CA-5
    AMP - Adcom 555 (Main)
    Main - Polk RTI8**/RTiA5
    AMP - Adcom 545II (Center)
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    CD - Yamaha CDC-555.......Def Tech AW5500
    TV - Pani TH-42PZ80U
    BR - LG BD390
    Monster HTS1600 Power Center
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    Thanks for the responses!

    It sounds odd but I'm able to place my speaker right underneath my plasma tv.

    I just finished hooking up my system and I'm AMAZED! It's a drastic improvement from my $50 polk audio T15s from BestBuy. I still need to hook-up the rears.

    I'm on a major budget (newly divorced) so I bought the following:
    RTi8 (x5) for fronts, center, and rears for $149 each (got an extra $100 off total purchase - long story)
    PSW10 (FREE!)
    Yamaha 861 ($314, free shipping, no tax and 6% off via ebates.com)

    This system is perfect for me...for now.

    Thanks again!

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    wow, that is an impressive set-up. Considering all I've spent on speakers recently- I might as well have just done that! Actually, I was looking for some rti8's, but for some reason I live by the only fry's that stopped the 149 deal and went back to selling these for 349 each, even though the fry's website still shows 149...

    I ended up going with the rti a5's since the only way I could get the rti8's shipped came pretty close to the same price i found the a5's for. I have an xsrd rear proj. tv (sony kds-60a3000), so I can't fit one under my tv :(

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