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I'd like to enquire if placing a sound bar above a TV has any advantages than putting it on the table. What are your thoughts?
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Depends on the distance and height above ear level. I don't see any advantage.
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No advantage, possible disadvantages depending on how far above ear level. Very few speakers have good vertical dispersion. Typically 10 to 15 degrees from center is where sound begins to deteriorate.

If you do place high, try to find a way to angle the soundbar down towards your listening level.

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I had a Polk Surround Bar on the shelf below my TV which was lower than ear level. I purchased a Center Stage bracket and moved the bar on top of my TV and angled it slightly down, it made a great difference. The Center Stage brackets are adjustable, you can adjust the angles on them.
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Thanks for the responses, greatly appreciated.

So from what I'm getting here, there are totally no advantages to placing a sound bar above the TV in the sound quality wise right?

The Center Stage Bracket is quite useful, but in my situation where my TV is wall mounted, I'd have a cheaper way. I placed a cardboard above the TV, and another right below the cardboard. That cardboard is then supported by the TV wall mount bracket, while the top cardboard is supported by the TV, bottom cardboard and the wall behind the TV. Unfortunately, I'm not able to tilt down the sound bar to my listening area, I'm only able to put it straight, or tilted backwards. I'd prefer tilting it backwards in case the cardboard gives way, and the sound bar might get damaged. smile.gif

What are your thoughts for tilting it backwards, where the speaker drivers face the ceiling? biggrin.gif
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All the responses suggest having it near ear level or at least pointing it towards ear level so pointing towards the ceiling would be no.
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Facing the ceiling would not give you very good sound. You would receive zero benefit from the addition of the soundbar.

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