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  1. ben.s-s

    ben.s-s Auditioning

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    I just bought a marantz sr4300 and at the moment dont have enough speakers, so i was wondering if it was possible to make my TV the centre speaker. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    This is a popular solution- however on most receivers it might be difficult.

    You would need a preamp output on the receiver for center channel (you cannot just hook the speaker output from the receiver to the TV- because this output is POWERED it wil fry something).

    I actually did this for a while with my first setup (an old Pioneer that has a preamp output for the center)-- and had tons of problems. First of all, the output from the preamp out was relatively low level- meaning the TV had to be CRANKED really loud for it to work right- and so on cable TV with bad white signal- the white level would crosstalk into the audio, and emit a really crappy BUZZ...

    In addition, it sounded HORRIBLE. I found that using my receiver in "phanotm" mode (which was what they used to call it if you had no center channel- now you just tell the receiver you ahve none)--- I found doing this made the l/r speakers get the center signal, and it sounded 100 fold better.

    I don't know your sr 4300 specifically- but if it has preamp outputs for the channels, you could wire the center output into the TV's line input (make sure to get a Y adapter from radio shack because the receiver will only have 1 center output, and you'll need to plug it into the L & R channel inputs on the TV)-- if you have the jacks on the receiver, if you buy the adapter- you could then try it out, and probably find you like it better with the main speakers doing the job.

    YMMV

    Vince
     
  3. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    What vine said, but don't waste your time, tv speakers suck. unless your other speakers are unbeleiveably bad, go without a center for the time being. Just make sure you go into the menus and set your center to OFF, or you'll lose that channel since the receiver will think theres a center connected if it's set to ON.
     
  4. Kerryn R

    Kerryn R Auditioning

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    aw - I don't know if all TV speakers suck - my Loewe set can hold it's head up in that regard. I use both the HT system and the tv in tandem - I find it provides depth and richness to the overall soundscape. Is that a bad thing to do?
     
  5. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    It's "bad" if it's giving you inaccurate sound. But if you like what you're hearing, who else do you have to please?
     
  6. Clayton Jr

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    Certain televisions (like my Toshiba 34HFX83) have a switch that lets you specifically designate the TV's speakers to be the center channel. Since the HFX83 has excellent speakers and a built-in subwoofer, this isn't a bad solution.
     
  7. Cory_W

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    It really does not matter how good someone thinks their TV speakers are, the fact is they are all poor quality compaired to a seperate center channel speaker. Its just better to cough up the extra cash.
     
  8. DanielKellmii

    DanielKellmii Supporting Actor

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    Go to Goodwill or a garage sale and plunk down five bucks. It will be better than your TV speakers and won't be so complicated.
     

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