Originally Posted by NoStatik
I wouldn't call the setup "cheesy," it just looks odd having such a low shelf. The mount would have made it look a bit cleaner but I'm sure hes worried more about the sound than which method he's using it to hang it on the wall.
I'm glad that you put the soundbar below the tv versus above it. A rule of thumb with the1sr and other speakers is to have it about ear level. With the 1sr It's better to have it below ear level than above.
Well there is a reason its on a shelf,,,, the 1SR is sitting in the shelf mount position and the reason for that is that the sound coming out of the bar is directed upward to reflect off the ceiling.
Had I wall mounted the Bose bar under my 80" panel the sound would only be shooting forward and not been refecting off the ceiling, also with the bar wall mounted my 80" Sharp would have been blocking the Bose from any possible upward sound reflection as the 80" Sharp extends further out from the wall than the Bose would if the Bose was wall mounted with the Bose bracket
Putting the Bose on that little shelf allows me to bring the Bose bar futher out from the wall so the Sharp panel is not blocking it and blocking its ability to shoot and reflect the sound upward at the ceiling.
Clearly its impossible to put the Bose bar at ear level as the 80" Sharp is a rather large panel so putting the bar under or above are my only choices with such a large panel.
I did try mounting the Bose above my 80" panel and the sound was pretty good, but mounting it under with the Bose bar in the shelf position did improve the sound,,, how ever I have concidered remounting it on top of my panel as I agree it would look cleaner,, but I would take a slight hit in sound quality.
As far as your rule of thumb statement that bars sound better at ear level, I would have to disagree,,,, I have been doing soundbars for many many many years and have always experimented with different mounting spots (above or below a panel),,,,, in almost every case every soundbar I have ever had sounded better mounted above a panel and above ear level.
Generaly, having a soundbar mounted at ear level or lower means all the sound is getting eaten up by carpet and furniture and bodys and anything that might be hanging on the walls,,,, soundbars need to reflect sound off walls and there is generaly less stuff to hinder the sound reflection up higher,, soundbars also reflect off ceilings.
The 1SR is the first soundbar I have ever mounted below a panel, but its works with the Bose because of the shelf mounting feature/design the Bose has,,,,,, any other soundbar I would have mounted it above or on top of my 80" Sharp.