Running 3 Totem Centers, horizontally as L/C/R?

Due to room space and rack constraints, I'm thinking of selling my existing Totem Model 1 main speakers and going with two Totem Center channel speakers as my mains; e.g. running three center channels as my left, center, and right speakers all the same but in a HORIZONTAL position.

Totem tech staff says you can only run their Totem Model 1 Signature center channel in a horizontal position, not vertically. This initial feedback I got from a Totem engineer source is this can work.

Has anyone here ever tried this, using identical center channel speakers horizontally? If so, pros/cons? First hand experience trying this and feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

Showing 1 response by rar1

The issue that may come up is that center channel speakers are optimized for voice, not music. Center channel speakers usually do not go as low in the bass department as L/R speakers.

With that said ... it's not like I have not thought about doing what you are suggesting.

In one of my systems, I was placing the speakers on their sides, on bookcase shelves, and the bookcase had a back wall.

The speakers looked like ... [ o O ] [ O o ].

It never worked great, at its best it was OK to very good. The sealed back on the bookcase posed the biggest challenge, as I was placing a box inside of a box. That and keeping my cats from scratching or toppling my speakers.

The two speakers that did work best were ... Omega single driver speakers and Ascend Acoustic speakers because the Ascends are designed to work either vertically or horizontally. I tried this with Totem Mites and the results were not good.

The solution for me was purchasing the Ascend Sierras, placing them horizontally, on top of the bookcases ... a big improvement, but not perfect.

Many people here use two excellent L/R speakers and do not bother with a center channel ... a 2 channel HT system.

At this point, why are you considering doing this? Other than space considerations, is something else wrong that you are looking to correct?