If I correctly understand your question (see below), the space available to fit a center channel speaker under the Costco 4312 stand indeed is limited -- to a scant 4.75 inches. Most full-sized, center channel speakers will not fit in this space, and you are left to consider smaller "micro" speaker systems, most of which may not have that "big screen" sound. I diligently searched for a diminutive center speaker for the Pio 4312 display stand, since our screen currently is not mounted on the wall. I finally found what I consider to be a nearly perfect solution -- a Monitor Audio center channel speaker that just fits this tight space.
Monitor Audio is a well-regarded Canadian manufacturer and their moderately-priced ($349) Radius 225 is stylishly designed to complement flat (LCD or plasma) screens. It can be mounted on walls or placed on shelves, as needed, and it can be used as either center and/or left/right mains, or even side surrounds. It also has built-in ports to attach a wall mount. So, the Radius 225 is wide and narrow (or tall and narrow) depending on your placement and use. Since it measures (in inches) 4.7h x 24w x 4.1d, it fits perfectly under a Pio 4312 stand that is raised to the highest (top notch) position!
The cabinet we purchased is in black lacquer, but three or four other finishes are available. Unfortunately, no flat black option that would perfectly match the 4312 monitor and stand is offered. However, once the black lacquer version is nestled under the display (on the 4312 stand), the finish is hardly noticeable, largely because a flat black grill covers most of the face. The speaker is a couple of inches wider than the monitor stand's bottom plate, but this is a minor issue for us, since everything is placed on a flat black TV stand/component cabinet in our den. With a plasma bias backlight added behind the whole assemply, the finish differences are barely noticeable in our setup.
Best of all, the Monitor Radius 225 has good specs -- 90dB/55-25Khz (+/-3db), And as luck would have it, the radius 225 delivers what is termed a 'bright' sound that just happened to match the timbre of four existing Boston Acoustics speakers we had already attachd to our HT system for left/right mains and side surrounds. This may not be a high-end audophile system, but it is not a budget, $300 speaker-in-a-box system either. We love the results.
Originally Posted by jdebord
I was looking to get a plasma TV after finally getting our built-in cabinets "expanded"...
I already ordered some Yamaha speakers - the YSP-1. It is an all-in-one set that is long, and intended to sit in front of the set. I didn't realize that would pose a problem until I measured my space and factored in the speakers...
My space for the set and speakers is 32" high (another 1"+ behind the lip on the top), 40.5" wide, and 24" deep.
The Yamaha YSP-1 is 7.75" high, 40.5" wide, and 4.5" deep.
It seems like a few 42" plasmas will work, but the top of the speaker will fall just below the bottom of the screen. I can't picture if that will look bad or not.
Anyway, I was at Costco today checking out the PDP-4312, and looking at the back, it looked like the stand could be adjusted. It was displayed in the bottom hole, but it looked like it could go up two more notches, which would put the bottom of the screen at 7.75". If anyone could confirm or deny, I'd really appreciate it.
Any advice on how the speaker set up might look (good or bad) would be appreciated as well.
I'm hoping to buy a set tomorrow, and this and the similar sized plasma sold at Best Buy seemed to be the two that would work. This plasma (the Pioneer) happened to be the one I was looking at anyway (before I realized the space issues), so if it works out, that would be cool.