Using TV as center channel?

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  1. NatL

    NatL Stunt Coordinator

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    I noticed on at least some of the latest Toshiba RPTV's that they have a feature where you can hook up your TV as a center channel.

    I was wondering if there is a way to set any TV up this way? I have a pretty good center speaker (AR4C) but I think my TV's speakers are better.

    Could I hook up a cable from the center channel out on my receiver to the TV's audio in, for instance?

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  2. John Garcia

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    I would not recommend it. If your front stage is timbre matched, you will lose that by doing this. I highly doubt your TV speakers are better than a separate speaker. Your TV speakers may have more bass, but will almost certainly not have the same high frequency response of the AR.
     
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    I had a look at my TV speakers (new SONY RPTV) when the TV was apart for ISF calibration. 4" paper cones. Complete crap. Your's may be better, but as mentioned will probably sound mismatched with your L&R speakers.

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  5. NatL

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    Thanks for the comments. I think you are right - I'm just fooled by the bassiness. But I'll keep in mind that I have the option.

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  6. MikeRP

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    If you have preouts on your receiver you could do both.

    I'm not sure it would enhance the sound but you could preout the center to the TV and continue to power you normal center with the receiver and see how it sounds.

    Well.............Maybe not a great idea but fun trying!

    Mike
     
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    Friends don't let friends use their TVs as center channels.
     
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    I'd recommend buying a cheap rubber door stop and angle your center (assuming it lacks some form of angling device to aim) to the ear height of the primary listening position and reevaluate this again. Most TV speakers are usually of low quality and lack in freq extention both lows (most likely a midbass peak bump designed in the set) and highs .
     

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