I currently have a 42" plasma mounted on a reticulating arm mount in a niche above my gas fireplace (pics coming once I am at my computer vice cell). The niche was designed for a small CRT TV (I'm guessing about 20"). My current setup is functional, but has some issues:
1. TV is out in the space about 10" which defeats thinness of the new technologies.
2. To access the DVD player, which is in the niche below the TV, I have to move the TV (not a big deal due to the arm but not optimal).
3. DirecTV box is above the TV and difficult to reach
4. Looks unfinished and somewhat crappy.
My wife is looking to remove the slate surrounding the fireplace and replace with glass tile. Since this will take some time and make a mess in out primary living space it seems like the time to tackle the niche.
Plan: Remove the current niche and build two niches. The lowest would be deep and hold DirecTV receiver and Blu-Ray. An upper niche woukd the shallow (guessing around 6") to recess the plasma. However, 42" is rather small today so I want the new niche to fit a 50" model. Will post plans once they are ready, now they are just pencil drawing in my project notebook.
1. Is there a standard depth of niches for modern LCD/plasma TV's?
2. How much room does the set need on each side and above/below the TV for ventilation?
This system is only for routine TV and sports and is not used for HT other thanymy daughter watchung the occassional movie (no external speakers or subs). I have a PJ based HT in basement for serious movie viewing.
Thanks in advance for any advice. I did a search of the forum using multiple keywords but did not find the info I require (I am sure its there but this is my first foray into this area of AVSforum).