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How to play music through (only) the center speaker?

I just picked up a used center speaker, and I want to test it out to make sure that it's working properly. Normally, I'd have everything go to the correct channel, but while testing, I'd like to downmix stereo music sources into just the center speaker.

Normal music playback goes though the left/right channels.


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PC -> HDMI -> Marantz receiver -> 3.0 speakers
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Play a monaural source and set the receiver to PLII?
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In your speaker setup menu on your receiver make all your speakers say "none" except your center?

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That's a good idea too.
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Run mono and disconnect L/R speakers would be another easy way.
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In your speaker setup menu on your receiver make all your speakers say "none" except your center?
It wouldn't let me do that when they were still plugged in, at least.

I'll try it again when I get home tonight.


Though if all else fails, I can just plug it into the left audio and push the balance all the way to the left in Windows.

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Some receivers have a hidden/service menu that allows you to remap channels on the receiver side meaning you can route L/R to the centre, etc. just for testing purposes (or other occasions you may actually want that to be the case). You could check to see if your AVR either allows this in standard menus or check online to see if anyone has figured out the service modes for it.


I'm not sure you can set the centre as the only speaker on AVRs since this typically violates Dolby/DTS "rules"--though Dolby and DTS aren't the only formats (because one could just be using multi-PCM) most AVRs follow those specifications anyway meaning at minimum all you can set is L/R. Then everything after that is optional. I.e. You can set all other speakers to "NONE" but not the L/R speakers.


As you said, if all else fails you can just connect the centre to the L or R terminals on the AVR and go that way.
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Originally Posted by gsilver
I just picked up a used center speaker, and I want to test it out to make sure that it's working properly. ...

... if all else fails, I can just plug it into the left audio and push the balance all the way to the left in Windows.
That's what I would do. It's a quick and easy way of testing the speaker and it's just as accurate as any other way.

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