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I currently have 2 polk monitor 50's as my fronts with a polk cs10 center. The polk 50's are back on sale and am wondering if a 3rd 50 would work as a center. My tv is wall mounted so I have plenty of room for the 3rd floor standing.
Yes I know these speakers are not the best but they sound good to me.

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3 matching towers/monitors in front would actually work/sound better than 2 + center

it's just that most people dont have room/funds to put a tower/monitor as the center, so that's why center channels were created
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3 matching towers/monitors in front would actually work/sound better than 2 + center

it's just that most people dont have room/funds to put a tower/monitor as the center, so that's why center channels were created
Great info ^

Center speakers are designed the way they are (horizontal as apposed to vertical) as a comprimise to fit under TV's. 3 x the same speaker across the front will yield the best sounding result when set up correctly.
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You *may* not notice a difference.
The frequencies sent to your r/l vs your center are different, especially in movies. The BR or DVD has 5+ distinct channels for a reason.

For example, mids and highs are are sent to the center channel where some lows would be sent to your front towers. This of course is all subject to the crossover settings on your receiver.

If the actual speaker has better quality mid's and tweets then you'll notice a difference, but if they are the same and the receiver crossover remains then there is not much gain to be had. At the same time adjusting you crossover for the center channel may damage the sound quality - the voices mixed with other mids/lows might impede the clearity.

I'm not an audiophile, and have seen setups with 3 towers...I'm just stating what i've researched.

Cheers and let us know how things go!
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