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center channel location, custom built in, ideas.....thoughts.....help......

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Sandor, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Sandor

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    I am unfortunately giving up my floor standing speakers and moving my tv viewing to a more cozy room. I used to have a dedicated TV room, but think Ill spend more time in the family room in my new house. Giving up my Mirage FRX series setup to probably go with B&W bookshelves. Was using a Pioneer Elite from years ago, considering stepping up to seperate amp/processor. Anyway.....I am really not sure what to do about my center channel location. Doesnt seem like I have much room below the TV. Going to do a 50" plasma above fireplace. Am I going to hate that idea....I know its not optimal ear level, but will I still get good performance if I have it facing me at the couch?

    Currently My fireplace looks like this the top pic, but will eventually look like the below picture. I have taken off the mantel, and lowered the bring about 4 sections so the TV will sit a tad lower now. Any ideas of thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!






     
  2. Martino

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    My neck can't handle looking up all of the time, so I scraped the above the fireplace location. I have a similar room setup, and decided to rotate the system so the TV is not above the fireplace. My TV is against the wall on a stand that also holds my equipment and center channel instead. In your picture above, my TV would be on the left. That way, I could put the TV at a better viewing angle, and the speakers at closer to the optimum ear level. I also placed better light stopping curtains on the window, so it would not reflect off of the screen. I ran the rear speaker cables under the house and into a connection boxs that show up on the wall on the right hand side. The rear speakers are on stands behind the couch.
     
  3. Adam Gregorich

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    TVs above the fireplace seem like a good idea until they are actually there. Between heat and neck aches its not worth it.
     
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    Have to agree, loved the look of mine above the fireplace but sore neck had to take it down. Unless you can get your seeting back far enough i wouldn't suggest going above the fireplace.
     
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    I have an arrangement similar to picture 1. I mounted my 52" LCD so that the bottom of the screen is about 1/2" above the frame of my fire place screen. That puts the bottom of the screen about 2" above what most 28" TV are. Since I don't use my fireplace this arrangement works great for me as it gives me the best location for viewing and front front stage speaker placement.
     
  6. Sandor

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    cb750....


    how far from the floor to the bottom of the tv screen are ya, can you shoot me a measurment? are you ok with the viewing angle, is your neck killing ya????
     

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