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Upgrade assistance with center channel

Making some HT upgrades starting with my front setup. Currently have front L/R in walls, rc55i. The rest of the system is from an older Polk RM-705 set. I decided to replace in walls with 65RTs. Ideally would like the larger 265RT but too big for my wife. Center will be free standing and the issue is space. The matching free standing center is CSiA4. It' just too big for our setup. Picture attached. The TL3 and TL2 work either sitting in front of TV or better on top of tv via a shelf so they are closer to height of in wall L/R. The TL3 is not a match timbre wise for the 65Rt. The step down TL2, according to Polk support, is however a much better match due to similar tweeters. I'm trying to decide what is more important, better quality sound of TL3 vs better matching TL2. Any thoughts? My other thought is that I may be able to put CSiA4 behind the TV if I move it up a bit. The issue with that is the center tweeter will be blocked by the TV stand. Don't know the significance of that but doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Any thoughts on that one? Pic of tv stand attached as well.
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Making some HT upgrades starting with my front setup. Currently have front L/R in walls, rc55i. The rest of the system is from an older Polk RM-705 set. I decided to replace in walls with 65RTs. Ideally would like the larger 265RT but too big for my wife. Center will be free standing and the issue is space. The matching free standing center is CSiA4. It' just too big for our setup. Picture attached. The TL3 and TL2 work either sitting in front of TV or better on top of tv via a shelf so they are closer to height of in wall L/R. The TL3 is not a match timbre wise for the 65Rt. The step down TL2, according to Polk support, is however a much better match due to similar tweeters. I'm trying to decide what is more important, better quality sound of TL3 vs better matching TL2. Any thoughts? My other thought is that I may be able to put CSiA4 behind the TV if I move it up a bit. The issue with that is the center tweeter will be blocked by the TV stand. Don't know the significance of that but doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Any thoughts on that one? Pic of tv stand attached as well.
What about wall mounting the TV just a tad higher than it is now, removing the stand and putting the center on the entertainment center? You could hide all the wires going up the wall to the TV in a white cable management track that then could be painted to match the wall.

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What about wall mounting the TV just a tad higher than it is now, removing the stand and putting the center on the entertainment center? You could hide all the wires going up the wall to the TV in a white cable management track that then could be painted to match the wall.

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Yes that's another option. I asked my wife if she'll be ok with wall mounting and she is thinking about it. As many all decisions have to go through her for aesthetic reasons. Seems like the better looking option to me. Only issue is that the tv is already pretty high as its a tall piece of furniture but a few inches shouldn't matter too much. Also will be another 10-12 inches further from sitting position but probably not a big deal. If she doesn't go for mounting any other thoughts?
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Yes that's another option. I asked my wife if she'll be ok with wall mounting and she is thinking about it. As many all decisions have to go through her for aesthetic reasons. Seems like the better looking option to me. Only issue is that the tv is already pretty high as its a tall piece of furniture but a few inches shouldn't matter too much. Also will be another 10-12 inches further from sitting position but probably not a big deal. If she doesn't go for mounting any other thoughts?
What about wall mounting at the same height to remove the stand. How high will the center come up on the bottom edge of the TV? With the stand gone it frees up the space for the center.

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Making some HT upgrades starting with my front setup. Currently have front L/R in walls, rc55i. The rest of the system is from an older Polk RM-705 set. I decided to replace in walls with 65RTs. Ideally would like the larger 265RT but too big for my wife. Center will be free standing and the issue is space. The matching free standing center is CSiA4. It' just too big for our setup. Picture attached. The TL3 and TL2 work either sitting in front of TV or better on top of tv via a shelf so they are closer to height of in wall L/R. The TL3 is not a match timbre wise for the 65Rt. The step down TL2, according to Polk support, is however a much better match due to similar tweeters. I'm trying to decide what is more important, better quality sound of TL3 vs better matching TL2. Any thoughts? My other thought is that I may be able to put CSiA4 behind the TV if I move it up a bit. The issue with that is the center tweeter will be blocked by the TV stand. Don't know the significance of that but doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Any thoughts on that one? Pic of tv stand attached as well.
Not an expert by any means, but I would think that the reflections from the tweeter being behind the tv stand would hurt dialog and overall clarity and prevent them from being as clear as they should. Think you should go for the better match, since a better speaker sounding to its best while not matching the other speakers will negate the benefit of it being alone and sounding better...

and yes, I think like Greg Samples on that one... Raising the tv with a wall mount could let you have best of both worlds.

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Not an expert by any means, but I would think that the reflections from the tweeter being behind the tv stand would hurt dialog and overall clarity and prevent them from being as clear as they should. Think you should go for the better match, since a better speaker sounding to its best while not matching the other speakers will negate the benefit of it being alone and sounding better...

and yes, I think like Greg Samples on that one... Raising the tv with a wall mount could let you have best of both worlds.
I also wonder that even if the TL2 has a closer matching tweeter it still doesn't have nearly the frequency range as the 65Rt so will it really be any better or they both just won't match well. I agree wall mounting and getting the csia4 is certainly the best option if I'm allowed. One other concern. As you can see by the pic the in walls are rather high. I do have them mounted upside down so tweeter is on bottom and will do the same with 65rt plus tweeters are aimable. Still the center under the tv is much lower. I've gone back and forth with current center below and above tv and think it probably is better above but that would not be an option with csia4.
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What about wall mounting at the same height to remove the stand. How high will the center come up on the bottom edge of the TV? With the stand gone it frees up the space for the center.

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Well bottom edge of tv is actually lower than I thought. I think I was remembering to screen. Bottom of tv is only 3.5" and csia4 height is 6 3/4 so option behind tv is out. Wasn't a good one anyway. Leaning towards wall mouthing a bit higher and putting csia4 below it. Anyone see an issue with the big height difference between L/R and center in this setup? I have a denon 1912 avr which does have audessey so maybe that will help?
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Well bottom edge of tv is actually lower than I thought. I think I was remembering to screen. Bottom of tv is only 3.5" and csia4 height is 6 3/4 so option behind tv is out. Wasn't a good one anyway. Leaning towards wall mouthing a bit higher and putting csia4 below it. Anyone see an issue with the big height difference between L/R and center in this setup? I have a denon 1912 avr which does have audessey so maybe that will help?
Wall mounting would be my first choice, followed by building a small riser to raise the TV stand and put the Csia4 in front of it.

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