Using TV speakers as cheap center

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  1. John Di Lauro

    John Di Lauro Stunt Coordinator

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    Is there any reason why I couldn't hook up my TV speakers to the center channel pre-outs? I'm thinking this would give me a way to get the center channel until I have the cash for a "real" center speaker.

    Thanks for your comments.
     
  2. Sebastien David

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    ...because it will sound awful and you'd be better off not having a center at all?

    that a good reason?
     
  3. Thomas_Berg

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    um, i completely disagree. its better to have a crappy center than none at all. some people in the past have had success with it...try it for yourself.
     
  4. Jeffrey_Jones

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    I for one do not believe that a crappy center is better then no center. I find nothing more annoying then having to struggle to listen to the dialog of a movie.

    I would rather have a pair of good front speakers producing a phantom center channel then rely on the speakers built into the TV.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  5. Chuck Kent

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    I vote no also.

    I have never seen/heard ANY TV speaker that would keep up on any level with any quality hi-fi speaker. Distortion and limited bandwidth are just 2 of the potential problems that come to mind...

    (If you decide to try it anyway, don't turn things up too much. And make sure you have little or no bass added.)
     
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    Chuck's right. The center channel carries the most bandwidth. You're asking a pair of small, under-powered speakers to do a bigger job than your mains. I wouldn't recommend using your TV either.

    -Christian
     
  8. Sebastien David

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    trust me, i was speaking from experience...

    i already tried a crappy-center setup and it was MUCH worse than a phantom setup.

    you can try it anyways if you have time to waste!
     

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