AVS Club Gold
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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No, not if your striving for non-muted, distortion free sound. Only a AT screen with a porosity index that allows sound pressure to pass through essentially non hendered can satisfy those with discriminating hearing.
Having said that, I can also add that I have heard several installations where Center Channel speakers with exceptional dispersion, and that were located behind retractable screens, do quite well enough to satisfy most everyone who heard them.
However, the issues has always been for many Stereophiles to NEVER accommodate "well enough". When accurate measurements are taken that show even slight DB attenuation and frequency skewing due to the lack of performance by even "accoustically transparent" screens, even then a Hue & Cry is raised. Ruben's SMX material arose out of the need for AVS's AT advocates to have "better than..." performance out of a AT material.
So it boils down to one thing.....how high is/must be your satisfaction index?
Placement location behind the screen, the ability to use angular reflection, and the use of equalization can mitigate many, if not all the caveats you might run into in your situation. The fact that you want to or have to consider the use of a budget priced screen such as a Monoprice instead of a actual AT screen, Mfg. or DIY, is the real issue. If you have to go there, then go there and do your best to adapt what you have.
Good luck with all that though, and PM me if you want to discuss your situation in detail and explore your CC speaker positioning options. You might have options....then again you might be whipping the proverbial expired Equine.
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"