Originally Posted by Frisco John
I was looking at the dimensions again for the center channel vs. X1T. Could I do X2T towers with a X1T center? Would that match correctly? Are there any issues turning the X1T on it's side? I would have to place my TV on top of the X1T as well. Would that have more output than the XC center? In other words, will it have that much more to make it worth my while.
I still have to validate that the wife will allow this.
It would (200W vs. 150W), but the disadvantages of that approach outweigh the benefit.
I wouldn't go that route, because if you turned the X1T sideways to be a horizontal speaker (assumedly resting on the floor or a shelf that could support a 38 lb speaker), the tweeter of the speaker would be off-axis relative to MLP, which ideally would be centered at the midpoint between the left and right speakers. The tower speakers have the tweeter toward the top of the speaker, rather in the center as with a more traditional MTM design like the Imagine XC or C, and that's going to compromise your sound.
Beyond that, you'd have the issue of where the speaker would be in space vertically relative to the mains. Being a tower, placing it on the floor sideways rather than having it standing up is going to throw off your sound for HT, that is where the dialog will be coming form will appear to be significantly underneath the imaging from your mains. That's true with horizontal speakers in general, but it's even worse if the speaker's laying horizontally on the floor.
Given those choices, I'd do the Imagine XC with the X2Ts as the best match, if you can't do identical L/C/R vertical speakers. One other option for you, possibly, would be to use the Imagine XB as a vertical speaker IF you could have it rest below your TV while being placed vertically. Same power handling as the XC, but you'd avoid the off-axis issue with the tweeter at higher frequencies, where it matters more than for lower frequencies.
On a different note, do you have a subwoofer? That's going to ease the burden you put on the speakers, as you can hand off < 80 Hz or so bass (dedicated LFE as well as redirected bass with bass management) to the sub or subs.
Tell us more - what AVR or separates are you running?