Tower as center?

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  1. TimDoss

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    Has anyone tried putting a tower speaker on it's side as a center speaker? I am running Klipsch RF-3's and

    am about to upgrade to the RC-3 center, but was wondering if another RF-3 would work better? I have heard before

    that ideally you would want the same speaker all the way around. I saw a picture of one that the guy had cut a

    new face for it and built a center out of a tower, with the two woofers flanking the tweeter, and

    that wouldn't be hard to do, but I would think that the woofers would have to be the right distance

    apart and away from the tweeter to get the best results. Any comments, ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. EricHaas

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    Well obviously that would provide the ideal timbre match, though you should do a comparison to the R3 Center's drivers and see if the timbre match is perfect anyway. The large benefit of using a tower as a center is that it should in theory have more horizontal dispersion and a wider sweetspot. However, that purpose is defeated by putting it on its side. I posit that if you are going to put it on its side, you may as well get the actual center unless 1) the center is a lot more expensive, or 2) the center isn't actually a good timbre match.
     
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    I have to agree with Eric, you will kill the imaging of a tower by laying it on it's side, in which case, you might as well just have gotten a center channel. The horn loaded tweeter is square, if I'm not mistaken, so it will probably have decent dispersion, but it's interaction with the mids will be destroyed.
     
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    Tim,

    I'm guessing you've seen a pic of HornEd's KLF-30 center over on the Klipsch forum. A few other guys on the forum have also converted speakers to centers. Do a search or post and ask questions as they're always willing to share. I may do the same with a KLF-20 in the near future. Take care...Mike
     

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