I want to replace it with a Klipsch RC62 II center channel. My issue is that it doesn't fit on my mantle. The depth of the speaker is 12.5" D, and my mantle is only 7.5" D. My thought was that I could cut a hole in the wall, and kind of "tuck" the speaker in a little. It's over a corner (gas) fireplace, so there is some room.
My main concerns are heat as well as structural integrity. I'm including a couple photos. One with the finished fireplace, and one pre drywall so you can see the "bones". I would appreciate any suggestions on what to do here. As you can see, there is a stud right in the middle!
Is it worth it, or should I just stick with a smaller center that will fit on my 7.5" mantle and not have a rear facing port? Then again, the center channel is the most important piece!
Congratulations on being smart and taking pictures of everything before the drywall went on!
IIWY I would just redo the mantle to fit. It isn't all that hard. Look here. All the molding is available at your local home improvement store. The rest is just flat panels. Could be as simple as just replacing the top depending on your tastes. You could even just fabricate one that overlays and attaches to the existing top.
If you decide to make a hole in the wall, make sure you pay attention to the fireplace manufacturer's requirements and your local building code. FWIW the center stud doesn't appear to be structural, so cutting it to frame in a box is not a big deal.
Definitely don't want to redo the mantle. Code requires that for every 1/8 your mantle protrudes from the wall, it's raised 1" higher. If I extended it the additional 5" I require, I would have to raise the mantle to the ceiling!
Of course, since the depth of this one is only 6 1/4, it would fit on my mantle. But, is there going to be that dramatic of a difference in sound between this and the Klipsch? I haven't found anywhere that has the Roots one in stock so I can listen to it.