Originally Posted by smilingangel
Okay, would it be an issue having the center at about 24-26" off the ground? DH is convinced this is too low and they should be at ear level, I am convinced I'll be reclined full back and my ears will be at 24".
With most "Enclosure-style" center channels, positioning either directly below or above is the norm. Above, angled slightly down in to the seating area is the best, and really the only effective method if there are two rows of Seating.
Below...angled slightly upward....with one Row, but you should belive than a very many still do such with 2 Rows...usually though because they have no choice.
That last thingee is the primary reason AT Screens are considered .
The object being to create a sonic image of center channel content coming from the center area of the image...a critical aspect of dialogue content. That is still completely doable with a under-the-screen positioning, and still a practical solution IF
there is one row of seating.
Many enclosed Center Channel Speakers have angled faces or cabinets because it patently obvious that:
- Fewer people have two rows of seats than have one row.
- If a Speaker is to be mounted low, it must be at least slightly pitched upward.
Of course, anytime the Center can be placed above the Screen and angled downward, that would be ideal. But logistically, that's a difficult thing to accomplish if the Center Channel enclosure is sizable. In-Wall Center Channels are another solution, but they too should have position-able Drivers / Tweeters, or be mounted si that their Face is in a "Canted" position.
Would you have detrimental sound with a Center placed at 26" off the floor? I really don't think so if it services only 1 Row of seating.
Would it be ideal? No...but certainly not a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Now with all that said, myself... I would do everything I could to place the Center above the Screen and angled downward. I'd prefer to recess it almost completely, or barring that, as deeply as possible. Been there...done that...both instances.
If you determine that you can / want to mount it higher...I can supply photos of similar installations. Lower? Well that's an easier do if it's placed on a stand...and they do make stands expressly for that purpose.
But......I still hold to the proposition that trying to go "AT" will detract from the potential image quality....enough to matter. But lets qualify that...if you view content in complete darkness, with a .8 gain AT surface....you can get by.
I'm just not much into "gettin by".
PS. Who's DH