Can you use a sound bar as a center speaker?
You can use a soundbar as a center speaker technically, especially if the speaker and your receiver’s connections are perfectly aligned. However, soundbar technology means that such a connection will not deliver high-fidelity sound and can potentially damage all or parts of your audio system.
Should I use a soundbar as a center channel?
The short answer is no. What is this? Using a soundbar as a center can not only ruin your sound, it may also cause damage to your equipment. To understand why using a soundbar to substitute for the center channel is a bad idea, it is necessary to know how soundbars work.
Is a center speaker the same as a soundbar?
The answer is no! Passive soundbars and center channel speakers are not the same thing. A passive soundbar uses the three front channels (left, right, and center) while a center speaker only uses the center channel.
Can I use any speaker as a center speaker?
You can use any speaker (except a subwoofer) for your center channel, but ideally, you’d use a speaker that has a horizontal, rather than vertical, or square, cabinet design, such as the example shown below from Aperion Audio.