Originally Posted by bodyguard29
Ok, now that this forum has talked me out of installing ceiling speakers for my home theater sound, would it be bad to install my front left and right speakers behind my tv? I realize that this would not be the most ideal place, but would the sound quality be ruined? I have a stone wall where my tv is placed, but it was designed for the tv, so there is roughly a 3 1/2' x 4 1/2' area on this wall where there is just sheet-rock (drywall) for the tv to be placed. The tv completely covers the drywall area and there is the stone wall surround it. I have a 60" plasma tv in this location. When I use my home theater for the sound, it currently comes from speakers that are on a rack system on an adjacent wall, which makes the sound weird, coming from the right, rather than from the tv area.
I think you received some audiophile snobbery in your previous questions about ceiling speakers in a home theater application. Sure, it's not the best choice, but sometimes other factors carry more weight in a household than "perfect fidelity". Burying the speakers behind the TV can't be the answer. Everything will be reflected sound, which is the absolute last thing you want for clear dialog and good channel separation. If you absolutely can't use surface mount speakers on top of the stone, and don't have space to place a passive sound bar under the display, that doesn't leave many choices, does it? (Buy an articulated TV mount to allow your plasma to be pulled out past the stone and mount a sound bar on it? 65" Plasma would require a pretty robust mount, at least if my family was living under it, but it could be done.)
I've heard several family room theater setups using a good quality ceiling speaker that allows you to tilt the entire driver so it is angled more toward your listening position, not straight down that were a big step up from the home theater in a box or sound bar. Many companies make models with a pivoting tweeter, which is better than nothing, but angling the entire output of the speaker towards your ears helps the overall sound. Proper positioning is key here, you need to take some time and figure out how far in front of your listening position they need to be placed to be aimed at your head. Then figure out how to get wire there.
If money is no object, Sonance or Triad offer some very nice sounding speakers in this category, but you are talking about spending $500 each or more. For something in a more budget friendly category, check out these from Yamaha. Available from many online outlets at less than $150 a pair.