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#289525 - 01/31/10 11:45 AM M3 for Center Channel
steele101 Offline
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Hey everyone. I'm a proud new owner of a pair of M3 bookshelves, and an EP175 sub. Due to budget constraints, I'm upgrading my home theater one piece at a time. I listen to music/movies about 50/50. Some music I like to listen to in surround, but usually in stereo.
Anyways, I am getting ready to pull the trigger on another M3 for my center channel. My thoughts are that the M3 will be better timbre-matched to my M3 mains. The axiom center channels have smaller woofers than the M3's, so I think all M3's up front would be best, particularly for music in surround.
What do you guys think about this plan? Would an M3 laying on it's side be alright?
-steele

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#289544 - 01/31/10 01:32 PM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: steele101]
CV Offline
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An M3 would be idea, but is there any way you can avoid laying it on its side, like be elevating the screen a little? I haven't personally tried vertical speakers on their side, so I'll let others chime in with their opinions on that.

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#289560 - 01/31/10 03:12 PM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: CV]
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Yep, 3 identical speakers up front will give you the best soundstage, however, I would not rule out a VP100 or 150. As CV mentioned, you really don't want to lay a vertical bookshelf down. it is designed to have good horizontal dispersion, but if you turn it on its side, that changes things.
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#289568 - 01/31/10 04:02 PM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: steele101]
casey01 Offline
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I use an M3 for my center channel and in many respects I found that it actually has a little better wide angle dispersion than the VP150 and the voices sound a little more natural. That is why my VP150 is sitting in a box in my basement.

For that reason, I would recommend that depending on the positioning of it related to your monitor and L/R speakers, you leave it upright and tilt it(if necessary) toward the listening position.

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#289580 - 01/31/10 04:34 PM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: casey01]
steele101 Offline
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Thanks for all of the replies. I'm sure I can find a way to keep the M3 vertical and still have it look nice. I'll experiment with it sideways as well, just to hear the difference. Time to go place another order!

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#289581 - 01/31/10 04:46 PM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: casey01]
grunt Offline
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 Originally Posted By: casey01
I use an M3 for my center channel and in many respects I found that it actually has a little better wide angle dispersion than the VP150 and the voices sound a little more natural. That is why my VP150 is sitting in a box in my basement.

For that reason, I would recommend that depending on the positioning of it related to your monitor and L/R speakers, you leave it upright and tilt it(if necessary) toward the listening position.


I’ve been looking at using mine for a trade-up. Looks like it will give me 40% off any non-factory outlet items I buy up to $867.00 and it looks like the 5% HT discount still applies.

I’m already in the market for 2 surround back speakers and possibly a couple of ceiling brackets and possibly something to relieve the M22s from the mundane duty as wide speakers.
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#289668 - 02/01/10 03:23 AM Re: M3 for Center Channel [Re: grunt]
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Works well for me! I have 3 M3's serving as L/C/R channels. I tried them in various setups including placing them on their sides. While they don't sound bad on their sides, I did have a weird null that was just outside of my listening area. I ended up turning them all upright, and getting them as level to each other as possible.

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