I might be getting the Energy RC-Micro 5.1 speaker package. If so, I am thinking of sticking the subwoofer (ESW C8) in an Ikea expedit shelf opening, right below the centre speaker and TV. This would be for 1) keeping the subwoofer in the centre and close to the centre speaker (recommended for this system it seems), 2) saves space in such a small living room, 3) aesthetics.
It is front-firing, but bottom ported. Would this cause unwanted rumbles, distortions if the subwoofer is essentially nested within a shelf... even at low volumes?
I should add that I have a small child who will be sleeping on the other side of the wall, and I have neighbours with small children below me (separated by old hardwood floors). So, I am not looking to shake the house or anything. The subwoofer will be kept at very low volumes.
Hopefully people here have tried out a similar setp and have had a good experience with it.