paradigm studio 20 as center channel speaker


Hi agoners,
I have an extra studio 20 and am thinking of using it as a center channel speaker. Any problems with this? Why do we need a dedicated special designed center channel speaker?
Thanks for your response.
benqsun
Actually, it is probably superior in its dispersion as a center channel speaker (and in its matching to the L/R) than so-called dedicated centers. I used one, for a while, as a center with a pair of Studio60s until I obtained a 3rd 60.

Kal
Assuming the left and right fronts are also Paradigm Studio 20s, you couldn't do any better than using a Studio 20 as a center.

I recall reading that the majority of center channel speakers have dispersion issues and using a virtual center would likely be better for on axis listeners.
"I recall reading that the majority of center channel speakers have dispersion issues and using a virtual center would likely be better for on axis listeners." Other way 'round. The beaming and venetian-blind variation is a problem for off-axis listeners.

Kal
No problems. As long as it does not interfere with the screen viewing.
Thanks for the response. I tried it and found that I have to increase the db level of the center speaker (paradigm 20) to the highest all the time. Anything I am missing or incorrectly configured?
My gears: L/R: 40; Center: 20; surrounds: 20
NAD T753 Denon 2910

Please advice.
Thanks
Could be the settings for the others. Could be position. Could be acoustics of the room. Did you use pink-noise and a sound level meter?

Kal
Kal,
Yes I did use pink-noise and sound level meter first to set each speaker to the same level. When I watch movie, the dialogue seemed very weak and I have to bump up the center speaker db level.
Thanks
Where is the center speaker?

Kal
Kal,
It is in front of my TV on a Atlantis stand.
Thanks
In front? Above, below or blocking the screen? I am trying to find out exactly how it is positioned and that includes room arrangement, furnishings, listening position, etc.

Kal
Kal,
It is in middle of the front of the TV. barely blocking the screen. I am thinking if I need a bigger center speaker. My cutoff frequency is 60HZ, lower frequency goes to subwoofer. I set all the speakers to small.
Thanks
Kal,
Other way 'round. The beaming and venetian-blind variation is a problem for off-axis listeners.

I thought the center channel attempted to provide off-axis listeners the same effect as on-axis listeners. Thus, for on-axis listening only a phantom center channel would work better than many real physical center channel speakers. You are saying this is not correct?