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Old January 11th, 2014, 7:42 PM
pr@j pr@j is offline
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Can the HIW-1 be used for Center channel?

I didn't see too much coverage about the HIW-1 model. Though I prefer the standalone version of the LRC channels, I have limited space and want to create a minimalist look and feel to my setup.

Will the HIW-1 work as a center channel? I prefer to have an in-wall center channel. Can someone provide me some options?

I didn't see any reference to an in-wall CENTER channel speaker on the HSU website.

Though I am in Canada, and have looked at the typical offerings for speakers from big box stores (ie, bestbuy, futureshop etc) here - I feel we are getting ripped off here in Canada with respect to pricing - so this is why I started to look at HSU since I can buy direct and from what I have seen/read HSUR offers a very good product compared to say PSB, Paradigm, Energy, Cerwin Vega, JBL etc..

Here is my planned setup:

TV: Panasonic 65" plasma TC-65ST60 series
Receiver: JVC RX-817V (i know it's old, but it's a solid amp)
Speakers: looking at HSU for in wall all around (3.1 to start)
Subwoofer: VTF-2 MK4
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:33 PM
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Yes. It should work. It will sound better if you can orient it vertically instead of horizontally, but if you have to orient it horizontally, then rotate the tweeter 90 degrees for best results.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 5:32 AM
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Thanks SME! I thought of your idea as well, my only concern would be clearance space below the TV, I really would prefer a true center channel..I guess once I gut my walls open, I'll see if I can squeeze a center channel in there, and if that's the case, then I may as well put the regular speakers all around instead of the in-wall variation.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 4:33 PM
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Hi Pr@j,

We can't really make an in-wall variant for the center channel because the MTM combination would likely exceed 16", which is not ideal when placing in between studs. You can use the HIW-1's for your mains, but I would rather go with the HB-1 Mk2's instead and try to flush mount them with the wall. Of course on an aesthetic front, using HIW-1's may look cleaner.

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