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I am having an installer mount a 46" TV above fireplace mantle. I have a SP-C22 pioneer ctr channel that I really want to use but not sure if the size speaker will work both aesthetically and physically.

The installer is trying to steer me towards buying a Sonos playbar from him to be used.

I would prefer a 5.1 system as I already have a denon avr-1912 receiver.

He will also run my hdmi cables nicely in the wall as to leave a clean look.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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Lots of low-profile speakers you can place around the TV, or a few "LCR speaker bar" speakers. I'm very happy with my LCR speaker from Definitive Tech:

http://www.definitivetech.com/products/mythos-xtr-ssa3

Since he's having to run power and HDMI anyway, adding three speaker wires is no big deal. And you should have them add at least one, preferrably two or three cat5e/cat6 cables for the future, so they don't have to come back later!

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PS - This assumes we can't talk you out of the "over fireplace" placement... biggrin.gif


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I have encountered a few over the fireplace mounting examples (like my brother's sky high level job) and agree that the viewing position is terrible when too high.

What other negatives are there to be considered with over the fireplace?

The room presents a challenging layout dilemma. This is a "new to us" house and we are just decorating now.


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What other negatives are there to be considered with over the fireplace?

That's the main one. Getting cables and power to it is the other. biggrin.gif
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The room presents a challenging layout dilemma. This is a "new to us" house and we are just decorating now.

Yep, it's a common issue which is why that placement is "popular"...


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This is my solution. We used our fire place twice in 9 years. I still have some tucking away of wiring to do.



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Closing off the fireplace was my first thought too. That is a hard location, right in a corner. If you really want a TV up there, a soundbar might not be a bad idea. Tiny speakers are the other option, but until you get up to about 4" not much better than a soundbar.
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The following have been proposed by an installer for my project. Bear in mind that I will be using a Denon AVR-1910 as the source.

http://www.pinnaclespeakers.com/S-FIT_SOUNDBAR.html $399

http://www.pinnaclespeakers.com/subcompact8.html $349

http://www.definitivetech.com/products/promonitor-800 $250 pair


For this price range what are your thoughts?

What is the use for Cat6 wire?

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What is the use for Cat6 wire?

It's the Swiss Army knife of wire... biggrin.gif

Between the AV gear and the TV location, there are several possible uses: HDMI video, Ethernet, IR repeating, audio input/output, etc. My point is that if you've got someone running wire through the walls - have them pull a couple of cat6 wires while they're pulling. $3 of wire that could get you out of trouble when the "next" thing comes around. If this was new construction we'd recommend a flex conduit for future-proofing. For retrofit, an extra cat6 or two is about as good as you can get...


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