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Best position for a centre speaker?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by MoonsSpawn, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. MoonsSpawn

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    Hi guys,

    I'm looking for a lil bit of advice on centre speaker positioning.
    I've been advised by my local dealer that the best place to put it is not directly on top of the television but slightly above it (say about 10-12 inches) and angled franctionally down towards the listening area.

    Is this correct? He seems to think that this would provide better dialogue imaging but I'm worried about dialogue localisation.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    Steve.
     
  2. pointon

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    Best position for a centre speaker, is in the middle... :p

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    In my opinion, the best place for it is under the TV/display on it's own sturdy shelf, on spikes or isolation cones if possible, level with the front left and right speakers. Don't move it too far away from the TV because this might cause the sound to become disjointed from the picture. Don't lean speakers at a horizontal angle. If they were meant to be like that, they'd be made in that way. Keep it level, as near to ear level as possible (where your L&R fronts should be anyway).

    But that's just me.
     
  3. Taz

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    I agree with Pointon... under the TV but on the same plane as the front of the screen.

    Taz.:cool:
     
  4. Jase

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    Ideally all the drivers/tweeters would be in line with each other on the same plane.

    As this isnt possible in all cases, on top or below the TV will do fine. Mines on top angled down with some little rubber wedges that came with it.
     
  5. Matt F

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    You mean a bit like the angled M&K S85 or S125 then?

    Sorry, couldn't resist. :blush:

    p.s. Seriously, these speakers have angled front baffles so that the left and right speakers point inwards and the centre points up or down depending on whether you have it below or above the TV.
     
  6. pointon

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    And your point would be? As I said above, "If they were meant to be like that, they'd be made in that way", as the speakers you mention are. My conclusion would be that they are meant to be like that, which is why they are made in that way. ;)
     
  7. Matt F

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    Well, I can't argue with that logic.:rolleyes:
     
  8. pointon

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    :D He He. Take no notice of me mate. You caught me out and I'm just being awkward.

    ;)
     
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    MoonsSpawn,

    Your best bet is to experiment with a number of positions to determine whether (1) the changes in centre speaker position make a discernable difference for you and if so (2) which position give you the most coherent soundfield in terms of left to right audio pans and dialogue locked to the screen.

    Since all rooms and equipment are different, a test disc and a bit of time will resolve the issue effectively.
     
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    Guys,

    Thx for the advice all. I guess I'm just going to have to do some experimenting and see :clown:

    Steve.
     
  11. Kane D Williams

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    Don't have the centre exactly in the centre of the left and right speakers, make it 3" or so off. Try to keep the tweeters as near to the same horizontal plane as possible.

    Kane
     

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