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Old February 4th, 2005, 9:27 AM
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How crucial is the center channel?

Just purchased the ventrilquist with STF-2....

How crucial is the center channel speaker?
The size of it wont allow me to utilize it above the fireplace.
So will a Bose center channel supplement the ventrilquist series?

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Old February 4th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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You can do that, I suppose, but I wouldn't recommend it. The center channel is what makes the Ventriloquist so innovative and special. It makes the Ventriloquist system the Ventriloquist system.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Ditto. To see foryourself set the system up and then flip the switch on the back to turn the Ventriliquist effect on and off. The difference is astounding.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 10:51 AM
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this stinks...why does the center have to be soo darn deep.
any recommendations for above the fireplace mounts?
My mantle is just too short.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 11:51 AM
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You could cantilever the speaker over the mantle. To do this you would need to anchor the speaker down to the mantle at the rear. What is the mantle made of, and how deep is it? If it is wood, then a couple of screws in the mantle would be something to anchor the speaker to with some wire. I don't have my center in front of me, but there must be something to connect to on the back of the speaker. If not you may have to attach something like a screweye to the speaker.

Alternatively you could put a couple of small L brackets on the wall behind the mantle. Then you could slide the speaker between the shelf and the brackets, and the brackets would keep the back of the speaker from tipping up.

It has to be deep so it has enough internal volume to play the lower notes.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 12:08 PM
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thanks a lot for your input Dudley.
Mantle is 6.5" deep o it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing setup.
But it will be worth it for the sound.

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Old February 4th, 2005, 3:44 PM
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It will stick out past the mantle about 3 inches, but it could be worse. It might even stay up fine with a little weight on top towards the back.

No problem, let us know how it turns out, and how they sound.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 3:50 PM
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thanks a lot for your input Dudley.
Mantle is 6.5" deep o it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing setup.
But it will be worth it for the sound.

Thanx again.
If its 6.5" deep, you can also consider screwing the base for the VT-641 onto the mantle with about half of the base overhanging the mantle. That should give you enough room. That would look better than brackets...

Another approach is to try to mount the rubber cresents on the VT-641s closer to the back of the unit. That would allow the base to sit on the mantle. There are two screws holding each cresent on. Unscrew the front one and rotate the cresent 180 degrees. The cresent is now nearer the back of the unit. Make sure you seal the front screw holes. That would allow you to place the whole base on the mantle without damaging the mantle.
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Old February 6th, 2005, 3:34 PM
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Hmmmm how come in my case if I flip the switch on and off, I don't notice any difference? Anything I should look out for whenever I switch it on/off? I swear I carefully followed the wiring diagram from the manual. But I also swear I don't hear any difference when I flip the ventriloquist switch. Any thoughts?
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Old February 6th, 2005, 3:43 PM
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Hmmmm how come in my case if I flip the switch on and off, I don't notice any difference? Anything I should look out for whenever I switch it on/off? I swear I carefully followed the wiring diagram from the manual. But I also swear I don't hear any difference when I flip the ventriloquist switch. Any thoughts?
First, did you test the switch in two channel mode? The center channel's lower mid fill by the woofers is always on. The switch only disables the left and right channel fill. Hence, test only in two channel mode.

If in two channel mode the switch still have little effect, the left and right channels are most likely to be out of phase with each other. Test it one channel at a time, first left, then right.
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