a Single driver bookshelf is supposed to be Better for Off Axis Seating vs a multi driver “Center” speaker due to lobing and wavelentgh n all that crap…
Problem is Most Bookshelf are Only Sold in Pairs…so you gotta pay for 4 to get 3…
3 of these Might be Something :
Having a tower or bookshelf for the center sounds pretty great, as I have a friend who does a 3 tower setup for front left right center in his theater, and it sounds great for multichannel stuff
Here’s the mixing room at Lucasfilm. It seems to work pretty well for them…despite Episodes 1,2 and 3.
I have been considering this as well for a new 7.2.4 home theater build with an acoustic transparent screen in the front. I actually contacted some manufacturers to get their opinions:
“Traditionally most customers with home theater rooms that utilize an acoustically transparent screen tend to stick with a dedicated center channel speaker, and either tower or bookshelf style speakers for the left and right channel. I would not recommend using a vertically positioned center channel for left/right speaker content, as the dispersion pattern of the speaker is designed for it to be used in a horizontal position. This will also ensure that you get the widest center channel coverage across your listening position.”
ELAC went a different route and recommended 3 vertically oriented Uni-Fi centers.
I’m still debating what to do and curious to read some more thoughts on this. Three towers seems like a waste of money. I was thinking more along the lines of three bookshelves, three centers, or traditional LCR.
Ask these Guys… http://www.ascendacoustics.com/
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Im currently using 3 KEF Q100s and its aight, everything blends nicely