Stand in front of mount center speaker?

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  1. Kevin. W

    Kevin. W Screenwriter

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    If you can't put your center on top of your TV, is it better to get a stand to place your center speaker in front of the TV or mount it on the wall overtop for optimum sound?

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  2. Aaron Gilbert

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    It depends. How tall are your L/R speakers? Generally, you want to keep the tweeter axis (assuming a 0 degree vertical polar tilt) as close to identical between the front three speakers as you can. I believe THX specifies they must be 2' or closer together, naturally the closer the better. This is further complicated if you have a horizontal Woofer-tweeter-woofer arrangement for the center channel and a vertical arrangement for the L/R. That said, you can somewhat compensate for a speaker on the floor and/or under the tv, by angling it up so that the 0 degree axis intersects the same height as your L/R speakers, at the listening position. Depending on the height of your ceiling, I don't know that a center above the TV is any better than one below, as it will vary from room to room, and both I expect will be a similar amount of distance away from the tweeter in a typical floor standing speaker. If mounting on the wall means the speaker will be significantly behind the front of the TV (say a foot or more), then you likely stand a good chance of getting better sound (but bad Feng Shui) from the floor location.

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  3. MichaelDDD

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    I was under the impression that the BEST place for the center channel speaker was UNDER the TV?

    Also, I thought that the front three speakers were supposed to be on the same plane...like this.


    Left Center Right

    as opposed to

    Center

    Left Right


    What gives?
     

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