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#264788 - 06/28/09 09:03 PM bookshelf speaker as center channel
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Hi -

I am interested in getting new M2 speakers and wondered if getting a third M2 to be used as a center channel speaker (turning the M2 on it's side in my media cabinet).

Will this work?
Should all 3 front speakers be the same?

Would it make any sense to get (2) M22's and an M2 for the center?

I will be adding a subwoofer in the future (I am still undecided on that - EP350 or SVS or Epik).

Thanks in advance for your help.
Mike

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#264790 - 06/28/09 09:27 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: ab030]
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Welcome to the forum ab030.

Having all 3 front speakers the same is ideal. However when you are deciding with placement of the M2 bookshelf as a centre speaker you have to keep it in a vertical orientation (as it was designed) for best results . If you can place a M2 right on top of your television or wall mount it slightly above that would be the way to go. If you have to go with a horizontal placement then the VP100 would be the way to go. The EP350 is also a excellent choice.

How big is your room btw?

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#264793 - 06/28/09 09:35 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: BlueJays1]
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Will it work, yes, however turning a vertical speaker on its side can screw up the horizontal dispersion of the intended design. Also, you mention a "media cabinet", speakers with rear ports need room for the low bass to filter into the room.
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#264794 - 06/28/09 09:39 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: BlueJays1]
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THanks Doc.

Room size is about 15x24 with the back wall open to the kitchen.

I am actually undecided on speakers and love what I read about the Axiom line of speakers. I have read reviews about the VP100 that it was underwhelming.

But the M2 and M3 reviews are outstanding - so I was thinking of getting 3 of the same speakers for the front -- but I would have to lay the center on its side.

My entertainment center has a shelf under to hold a center-channel speaker.
I am not quite sure how much weight it can hold.
It does have metal supports and is 3/4 " thick -- so I hope it can hold 10 - 15 pounds.

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#264795 - 06/28/09 09:51 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: ab030]
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The shelf where the center channel speaker is to be placed does have a back on it.
It is about 24 inches deep.

Are the VP100's ported and also need space?

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#264796 - 06/28/09 09:59 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: ab030]
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Mike, welcome. Yes a third M2 would be a good idea for a center speaker(you might consider first trying the mains handling the center channel by way of the "phantom" effect), but not tipped over on its side. For wider and smoother horizontal dispersion these speakers have to be vertical, as they were designed to be used. If you can't figure out some way to position them correctly and you decide to use a center speaker, you might as well use a horizontal unit that fits the space.
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#264797 - 06/28/09 10:04 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: JohnK]
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The VP100 IS NOT ported and can be used in an enclosed shelf. Just dont bury it deep inside.
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#264801 - 06/29/09 12:25 AM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: BlueJays1]
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If placing a vertical M2 centre is impossible I would definitely go with the VP100. You could even try something like this \:\) . Dual subwoofers acting as your speaker stands for your M2's.


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#264809 - 06/29/09 07:57 AM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: BlueJays1]
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I would not call the vp100 and vp150 underwhelming. Hope you haven't been listening to those AVSforum folks. \:\)
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#264824 - 06/29/09 12:32 PM Re: bookshelf speaker as center channel [Re: SirQuack]
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Thanks to all!

I am planning my speaker purchase in the next few months.

Thanks for the info on the VP100 - I haven't been to the AVS site - and I actually don't remember where I read about them.

I do like the idea of the subwoofers as speaker stands.

I have never owned a sub before -- will the speaker be OK sitting on top of a sub?
Any extra padding or something between the top of the sub and the bottom of the speaker needed?

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