Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by JSW, Dec 13, 2002.
Is it ok to use a horizontal centre speaker in a vertical position ??
Seems ok to me so far.
Physically, it is OK to do this. In terms of the baffle supporting the cone etc, there is no problem. Sonically, some may say there would be a difference in terms of the tweeter being placed in a different plane to the mid. If it sounds OK then it is.
depends on the speaker. If it is designed to be positioned horizontally then it will sound weird, if it is designed to be vertical it will sound fine, if you don' t know, listen
In your install you don't have much choice anyway
I used to have it horizontal on the window ledge but felt that was too far back which is why I thought i'd try it as it is now.
What would be the best way to tell sonically if I could hear any difference, ie which is a good demo for the centre channel?
Of course it is ok, many good center speakers, Proac CC2 and Dynaudio T2.1 come to mind, are also sold as fronts, to stand on their sides...
If your speaker if of the MTM design (Midrange Tweeter Midrange) then it will actually be better in a vertical position when listening off-axis. An MTM is designed to have a narrower output in the vertical plane to reduce reflection from the floor and ceiling and give a more uniform frequency response over a wider area in the horizontal axis. In a horizontal position you will get phase cancellation in the cross-over region when listening off-axis.
Here's a little more information www.speakerpage.com/k05c25.htm
Most center speaker's use the MTM arrangement purely for aesthetic reasons, it looks better when perched on top of a TV. If you are sitting slap-bang in front of a horizontal MTM at ear height then there's no problem, sit off to one side and you will get a dip in the response, typically as much as 10-15 db at 30 degrees off axis.
Thanks Gary and others.
Looks like im gonna be going back to Horizontal though, well for at least a couple of days.
Thanks to the Awesome Uncle Eric
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