Quote:Originally Posted by tuxedocivic
I'd remove bricks as well. And I'd put a lot of effort into making the mantel look good while being very smooth and free of diffraction. You probably already planned on that.
Would you add woofers horizontally? Or vertically somehow? Or no woofers, just the coax?
What my wife and I have talked about is a new cap - I won't be able to talk her into a roundover, so I won't even try. We may continue that with a block up to the ceiling, and mount the TV to that so that it can angle down a bit rather than sitting the TV atop the mantel as the outgoing owners do.
And breaking bricks...honestly don't know if that would pass wifely scrutiny. It also sounds expensive, but that could just be my inexperience. However, I'm also not sure it's needed. My left and right mains have the concentric drivers centered about 47" off the floor, or just slightly off axis. (My ear height sitting attentively on our sofa is about 40".) So given that one wants the concentrics the same height off the floor, that means the TV is going to at least 55" off the floor anyway. The front mains will be out from the wall, so that the three fronts are equidistant from the main listening position. I will heavily damp the walls flanking the mantel.
Quote:Originally Posted by JWagstaff
If you're going to be changing the mantel to put a speaker in it, you could just remove like 4 rows of the top bricks so your tv can be at the proper level,***
Several posts have commented on the TV. That's unimportant to me. I don't really care where the TV is, as long as it doesn't get in the way of the center channel. My focus is on audio quality. So the idea is, optimize the audio system, and video goes wherever. I just don't care. Literally if the audio system is optimally positioned, for all I care the TV could be mounted on the ceiling and firing towards the floor.
Quote:Originally Posted by wvu80
That fireplace just totally dominates the front sound stage!
Psychologically, that is not a problem. Nothing for me dominates the soundstage like "look at me" speakers! Audio is ultimately best heard and not seen. My ideal system would have all in-wall speakers, with walls appropriately canted to provide the necessary toe-in.
Besides, if I get the concentrics lined up vertically, that's actually better than my current compromise, which has the TV atop a stand and the center obviously misaligned with the mains. One can hear the misalignment in, for instance, the Mercury Living Presence 3.0-channel SACD recordings of Fritz Reiner conducting Chicago.