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Do I Really Need a Center?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Just recently we got a new TV and hung it above the fireplace. Everything was great until it dawned on me that because of that I now have no room to install the center channel that I used before.

My question to you all is, what are my options? Are one even really necessary?

My current front speakers are Energy Connoisseur C-9, sub is Polk PSW-125 (replacing soon) if that matters.

Should I just run phantom for 5.1/7.1 or should I make some sort of room or something for a slim center?

I enclosed a picture so you could see my struggle. There is about 3" on the bottom and 5-7" on top.
post #2 of 14
Your fronts are close enough together that I don't think you'll need a center channel. But keep in mind that anyone sitting off center will hear more of the speaker they are closer to.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by tanpatnode View Post

Just recently we got a new TV and hung it above the fireplace. Everything was great until it dawned on me that because of that I now have no room to install the center channel that I used before.

My question to you all is, what are my options? Are one even really necessary?

My current front speakers are Energy Connoisseur C-9, sub is Polk PSW-125 (replacing soon) if that matters.

Should I just run phantom for 5.1/7.1 or should I make some sort of room or something for a slim center?

I enclosed a picture so you could see my struggle. There is about 3" on the bottom and 5-7" on top.

Only you can say for sure so try it without one and see.  I know for me I would need one.  Not only being off center, but with the screen so much higher than the speakers it won't seem like anything is coming from the TV.

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
If I had to have one what would you recommend me doing? There's just not a large enough gap at the bottom or top. The center what I was usually is a larger infinity one probably somewhere between 8-10" tall and 18" across.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by tanpatnode View Post

If I had to have one what would you recommend me doing? There's just not a large enough gap at the bottom or top. The center what I was usually is a larger infinity one probably somewhere between 8-10" tall and 18" across.

If you have to run a center then I recommend you rethink your tv positioning. The way you have it now you are forced to have too many compromises with your set up. If you want a center speaker you need to setup your system in a manner that can accommodate proper placement with minimal compromises.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

If you have to run a center then I recommend you rethink your tv positioning.
I would either way, electronics and heat don't mix.
post #7 of 14
Nor does straining ones neck to look up at a tv all the time. I never understood placing a TV over the fireplace.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Fortunately we tested the whole when the fire was on to see temperatures. The TV isn't anchored into the masonry rather about 8" off from the chimney into a stud. The TV is now permanate, there are lots of large holes in the wall now covered by it.

Would I benefit by throwing two bookshelf speakers on the left or right of the TV or even two smaller centers, bi-wire them and point them towards the focal direction?
post #9 of 14
while less than ideal, you may be able to use your TV speakers as a center channel
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by tanpatnode View Post

If I had to have one what would you recommend me doing? There's just not a large enough gap at the bottom or top. The center what I was usually is a larger infinity one probably somewhere between 8-10" tall and 18" across.

Move the TV to a better location and put a large picture in its place. As it is now you really have no other options other than no center.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Not that those towers produce poor vocals but sometimes especially during movies its nice to have directional vocals through a dedicated speaker. I guess I can mess with the EQ within the reciever and maybe not have too big of a problem.
Is there such thing as a in wall center?
post #12 of 14
What mount did you use for your TV? Not sure if you've seen but they sell mounts to go above or below your TV's that attach to your mount or TV. If you are interested I'll look up the links.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
That'd be really cool to see. I wouldn't mind if went down below the mantle. I am open to getting a new center just really depended on what that mount could hold. Thanks again for all the replies guys!
post #14 of 14
Here is a TV mount I've been looking at, just don't know yet if I want to spend that much on one.
http://dynamicmounting.com/downandoutmount.php

Center channel mount
http://dynamicmounting.com/downandoutmount.php

There is some others but I can't find them in my bookmarks. I'll look later on. If you buy both they give you a small discount.
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