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I recently purchased a 5.1 A/V receiver and 4 speakers for in-ceiling since my house was pre-wired. I know this isn't the optimal route to take, but I'm working with what I have. Do I need a different center channel speaker from the ones I purchased for the 4 others? If so, any recommendations on a ceiling mount center channel speaker. I'm on a pretty tight budget since this is part of a large remodel project that is way over budget (as they always are!).

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Do I need a different center channel speaker from the ones I purchased for the 4 others?

I don't see why you should. The reason that most people use a different type of speaker for the center channel is that they cannot accommodate a regular type of speaker there, either for physical (i.e. no space) or aesthetic reasons. The only other reason, in some cases, is to use a larger speaker for the center channel because it's the most demanding channel overall in terms of output. However, if the speakers you are using are capable enough in this respect, then you can use the same one for the center. In fact, it is generally preferred in order to achieve the best timbre-match and therefore the most cohesive soundstage; it also helps with panning and imaging whenever those apply (maybe not so much for in-ceiling speakers, but in general).
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I take a different view. If all the speakers are, now, in the ceiling, adding a real center, either as a standalone or, even, in wall will help to bring voices down and help anchor them to the images. I would be less concerned with timbre matching than I would with convincing dialog.

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I take a different view. If all the speakers are, now, in the ceiling, adding a real center, either as a standalone or, even, in wall will help to bring voices down and help anchor them to the images. I would be less concerned with timbre matching than I would with convincing dialog.

Well, I wouldn't say that my view necessarily differs from yours because I totally agree with everything you said regarding this case. I was just explaining, in general, why most center speakers tend to be different from the others. But the OP seems to want in-ceiling speakers for whatever reasons, even acknowledging the fact that this is not optimal, so that's the assumption I worked from. If he would be willing to compromise with a center speaker in the room or in the wall near the TV, however, then I'd throw my support in for that, sure. In fact, if you want my real view, I think that in-ceiling speakers are a huge compromise and that the OP should seriously reconsider going that route, regardless of whatever wiring might already be in place.
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In fact, if you want my real view, I think that in-ceiling speakers are a huge compromise and that the OP should seriously reconsider going that route, regardless of whatever wiring might already be in place.

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Gentlemen:

Thanks for your well thought out answers. My wife is pushing for the minimalist "zen" look, but I'm going to go with a center channel speaker located just below the TV at close to eye/ear level. Hope that will tie things together without too much loss of quality.

Thanks again. I appreciate your help.
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Gentlemen:

Thanks for your well thought out answers. My wife is pushing for the minimalist "zen" look, but I'm going to go with a center channel speaker located just below the TV at close to eye/ear level. Hope that will tie things together without too much loss of quality.

Thanks again. I appreciate your help.

This is what I've done and am quite pleased with the results. VERY good choice on bringing the center down though. Having the other 4 in the ceiling is fine, but putting the center up there would be more compromise than I'm willing to make.
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