I just bought my first home and plan to mount my television above my direct-vent fireplace. I've been told by an inspector that the walls above a direct-vent fireplace are much like other exterior walls (no special heat considerations). Due to the shape of the room, I'm considering putting a center channel and 2 front speakers in the wall. The rear speakers will be ceiling mounted. The only places locally that provide in-wall speakers are Best Buy and a couple of boutique home theater stores which are expensive. I figured I'd reach out to the community to get recommendations before trusting a salesman. Here are the questions I have (sorry for so many)... 1. Does anyone have experience contrary to what the inspector told me? Will heat destroy typical in-wall speakers? 2. There are a dozen or so brands of in-wall speakers, most of which I've never heard of. In car audio, there were a few brands that generally were a cut above the rest, but weren't outrageously priced (Alpine, Eclipse, Boston Acoustics, JL for example). Are there similar quality brands I should consider for in-wall speakers? 3. As you can see from the photo above, the windows don't give me much option for mounting the 2 front speakers. They will either be close to the TV or spread pretty far to the outside of the windows. Is it better to be too close or too far? Thanks in advance!