Originally Posted by pitviper33
Thanks for posting the pictures of your setup. To be honest, calling that configuration "traditional" seems a little odd to me. Until seeing your photo I don't think I've ever seen a display perched directly on top of a center speaker before, and there are MANY display/speaker combinations for which it would be impossible.
If you don't mind explaining, I'm curious how you arrived at that configuration.
Pulling the center speaker out in front of the display would allow the display to be dropped to the point just before the speaker begins obstructing view of the screen. If you'd like the display still lower, you could place the center speaker directly above it. Either solution would lower the display, get the sound closer to the center of the image, and be a much more common setup. It seems you're limiting yourself unnecessarily by requiring that the height between the bottom of the display base and the bottom of the screen be between your center speaker and the image.
By "traditional" I meant placing the center channel horizontal, with the TV directly above it, not necessarily on top of it.
The sequence of building that audio/video platform was, several years ago my wife was wandering through some random furniture store and bought the center console because she liked it, and I agree, it is a nice looking piece of furniture, compact and well built. We put the old tube TV on top of it, then all those cutouts on the side got plants and pictures put in them.
Shortly after I bought the 47" HDTV, and it sat pretty flat on top of the console, the fact the TV is on a swivel base is a big plus to me. For audio it had rear firing dual 2" speakers which sounded like crap. I wanted to upgrade the sound, so that's when I started to piece together my from-the-ground-up 5.1 setup.
The first thing I bought in February 2013 was an Onkyo TX-NR 717 AVR, a nice neat and clean design which should be able to handle the modest 100wpc power needs for any speakers in my living room. I now have only two components, the Onk, and a low profile Sony Blu-ray player.
I found the AVS forum, and after finding the DIY forum, abandoned my search for used Klipsch speakers and went DIY with the SEOS Fusion 10 Pures which fit perfectly
into the L/R holes of my wife's beloved console. I knew it wasn't ideal for sound, but that was the compromise I had to make to get better sound.
I then found a Dayton Audio Usher center used in the AVS Classified Forum, as I wanted a horizontal MTM center. It was larger than I wanted height wise, but wow, the sound for TV and movies is fantastic, so I put it on the console, and stuck the TV on top of it. I fully agree it puts the TV a little tall, but I figured we'd get used to it. So far, we haven't.
Fast forward: The wife has decided she doesn't like the look of the center speaker, and now wants it moved. I suggested building a shelf above the TV for the center speaker, and moving the TV back onto the console. My alternative was to build the bookshelf, and wall mount the TV. The key component is that console that I have to place speaker components around. Part of the problem of the console is that with all these heavy MDF speakers, the console is now sagging in the middle. She is very
unhappy with that (read, very
unhappy with me
BTW, if you've seen the pic of my console, my components are on a cheap wire frame shelf, which I was using mainly because it was easier to swap wires and such out in the open. I am ready (OK, the wife is ready) to see it go.