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Old 02-04-2012, 06:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi. I was wondering if someone could tell me if it was better to put my center channel above or below my screen? The screen is 106 diagonal. If I put it above the screen it's about 5 inches from the top of the speaker to the ceiling. If I put it below it will be about 20 inches off the floor. Unfortunately an at screen is not possible at this moment. Also although I have two rows of seating the second row is rarely used. Thank you for any help.
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Above the screen is the next "best" place. However, unless you can place it in the vertical, which it doesn't appear you can, get a speaker with only a single woofer rather than the misused MTM design center channel. Best wishes!

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Keep your center at a height that is no more than a couple feet vertically away from your LCRs. If your LCRs are near the floor and your center above the screen, you'll have imaging issues across the front. Personally, I'd keep away from the ceiling... but if you must, make sure you have absorption at the first reflection point and have your L and R speakers up there, too. Ideally, get an acoustically transparent screen and place your speakers behind it. Always better to have dialog coming from the actors mouth than above or below the picture.

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There have been multiple recent threads asking this same question in this very forum. The search feature should turn them up and provide more discussion and explanation for you to consider.

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Honestly I have looked at most of the threads that deal with this and it seems everyone has a unique situation. I was trying to find out the lesser of two evils for my situation since I do not have the space to go with an at screen
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Honestly I have looked at most of the threads that deal with this and it seems everyone has a unique situation. I was trying to find out the lesser of two evils for my situation since I do not have the space to go with an at screen

All you can do is try each of the positions, above, below, and none (phantom)
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Mine is above the screen (it's about 9' high) and angled toward the seating area. Dialogue sounds like it's coming right from the screen.

If you have more than one row of seating, putting it below the screen will block the sound to the second row.

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