Originally Posted by hayj
The real problem is the fireplace.
I'm not a big fan of mounting over the fireplace
I've lived with a crooked setup like that, where the seating is not centered and the front speakers are not symmetrically arranged. It's hardly a step up from using the TV's speakers - I am not a fan. If you can find a way to reverse the TV and put it on the wall with the door, leaving the fireplace behind you, you can do a lot better.
I'd agree that having the TV above the fireplace is also a poor choice. While you might improve the sound stage, watching that way is for the birds.
I know that turning the seating away from the fireplace is totally backwards from the way people always want their living spaces arranged, but do you want a living room, or a nice place to watch movies? I ended up with a traditional living room arrangement, and it was not good for movies. Sometimes the two can coexist, but I don't see it in this space - keep looking and you may find the way.
The simplest way, IMO, would be to take a room that you were planning on using as an office or guest bedroom (assuming there is one), and allow that to be compromised to the benefit of a movie room. Spend a couple hundred bucks on a small TV to put out where you can see it while you make dinner if you want, then fire up the surround system when you can get away from all the other stuff.
Just my thoughts...