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Old 05-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Center Channel Question

Home theater pros, Im looking for a super low-profile center channel that I can mount under my TV.

I just picked up a 55 inch Panny VT50, that looks sick mounted above my fireplace. I have an Onkyo 5.1 set up, with my two front channels built into shelves on either side of the fireplace and the rear's wired for in-ceiling (but not installed). I plan on upgrading the system overtime, but given that I need a nice center, i'll likely build the system around that.

BTW, the speakers on the VT suck...

The issue is the wife is leaning toward no center channel as it currently looks very slick. She is rightfully worried that a bulky speaker above the mantel will kill the look.

Im leaning toward a Definitive Technology Mythos 8 or 9, but would love to keep the cost closer to $350ish.

Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks!
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gotta have the center channel even if no surrounds hooked up.
can you place it in the wall flush below the monitor?
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gotta have the center channel even if no surrounds hooked up.
can you place it in the wall flush below the monitor?
possible, but its a fire place and there is only about 12-16 inches between the drywall and the flu. Not too much room back there for the speaker box, cables, etc.

If I can find a sleek looking center, I think I'll be good.

Anybody have any experience w/ the Mythos line from DT?
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How do the main speakers sound when you tell the Onkyo that there's no center channel?

In my experience center channels are overrated and unnecessary if you have your main speakers dialed in and are getting good imaging. Glockman will probably disagree . .

I'd rather go with no center rather than a compromised center.
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How do the main speakers sound when you tell the Onkyo that there's no center channel?

In my experience center channels are overrated and unnecessary if you have your main speakers dialed in and are getting good imaging. Glockman will probably disagree . .

I'd rather go with no center rather than a compromised center.
Eh, not great. You end up having to crank up the vol the get all the dialogue, but then the overall vol ends up being too high.

I see the value of a good center channel, just having problems finding a good, affordable, and sleek one...
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How do the main speakers sound when you tell the Onkyo that there's no center channel?

In my experience center channels are overrated and unnecessary if you have your main speakers dialed in and are getting good imaging. Glockman will probably disagree . .

I'd rather go with no center rather than a compromised center.
I run my father's system with towers in front, in ceilings in back, sub, and no center and it sounded great. Very difficult to realize there was no center.

I have two centers myself. left and right of the tv.

/ Left / Lcenter / TV / Rcenter / Right /

all the same speakers (LC265i)

To each their own.

OP - look at some highend sound bars. Think outside the box. Perhaps use the left and right of the sound bar as centers. etc.
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