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Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

I've read a couple articles and convinced myself I want to use the exact same speaker for my L/C/R. That speaker being the Infinity p362
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-892WLNR...62-Silver.html

What if I go with a regular (non-AT) screen. Would you guys still buy a third tower to use as your center, even though you'd have to lay it on it's side?

The 'real' center channel that goes with these speakers seems pretty nice, so part of me thinks I should just get the real center http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108PC35...0&ssi=0&tp=189

I don't care about looks, they will be in a false wall. I'm just curious if the tower will sound weird being on its side Thanks
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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

Asked and answered on another forum or two. Putting the tower horizontal is a mistake. The "real" center is not much better than most but preferable to putting the tower on its side.

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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

Right, I asked this on AVS and you are the only one who responded. I definitely appreciate your response, but I'm looking for more than just your thoughts.
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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

Hello,
If your speakers are going to be hidden, without question, go with identical speakers for all 3.
Center Channels are always a compromise compared to the Mains. To have a situation where you can have your front stage match perfectly in a rare one. An awesome one.
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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

If you have not bought the speakers yet consider a Sat/sub system as with high quality monitors you can get matching LCR speakers, my M&K S150's are perfectly matched but they also do in wall versions, other makes to look at would be Triad or James loudspeakers which all do in wall versions, worth considering for a discrete but high performance speaker system...
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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

By laying the tower on its side you change the imaging of the speaker and thus your no better off (usually worse) than simply buying a proper center channel speaker that is designed to be on its side. Put in understandable terms, The main issue is the tweeter and driver location. By putting on its side the driver and tweeter are in the wrong location and can cause cancellation of some frequencies and other issues.

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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

Hello,
Did the thread title change? When reading, I was under the impression that the speaker acting as the center channel would be placed vertically.

Otherwise, I am in total agreement that a speaker meant to stand upright should not be placed on its side.
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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

My first suggestion would be to go with an AT screen. I would not place a P362 horizontally.
How much room will you have under the screen? Another option, that "I" think is much better than laying a P362 on its side would be to use the much smaller PC350 (oriented vertically rather than horizontally) and placed under the screen angled up to your listening position.

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Re: Matching L/C/R but have to put center horizontally?

Thanks for the responses.
No, the thread title didn't change
I'm not going AT, and there won't be a whole lot of room at the bottom of the screen
The 350 looks like a nice center and gets great reviews, so I'll probably just go that route. If I can stand it up vertically I definitely will, but I don't think it'll work.
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Right, I asked this on AVS and you are the only one who responded. I definitely appreciate your response, but I'm looking for more than just your thoughts.
If you want a technical explanation, you can search on AVS (or here or Google) where it has been explained many times, generally (but not always) in threads about the inadequacy of MTM center speakers. The physics is similar.

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