Hi thaxphenomx again,
1) The center can't be moved in its current shelf, it fits perfectly height wise but this will be remedied soon as I am getting a new media stand (salamander synergy 237) and then I will be mounting the TV about 10 inches above the stand so I can place the center on the stand and adjust it as I need from there. I may buy something to allow me to adjust the direction the center faces...any ideas for that?
The Salamander Synergy 237
looks very promising, though you don't mention but I suppose this means you are going to mount your display on the front wall. In that case you also need to take care of Cable Management from TV down to the AVR! In my case I have my Center above my display with some home-made, but not visible solutions (see pic in my setup, link under my sig). As regards adjusting the direction of the Center why not look into Auralex SpeakerDudes(HD)
. Since your Center will need to be pointing upward from the Salamander to seated ear hight you may use these reversed. You get me, eh?
2) Yeah I think I agree with you. When I had the house built I didn't know anything about home theater audio so I just had them prewire the back wall and now I'm finding out I don't like it. Eventually I'll take your advice and place some surround speakers to the left and right of my couch placed on speaker stands. Do you have any advice on a good way to run the speaker wire? Any suggestions for nice speaker stands that will give me the height you recommend?
Running speakers wires is another tough game when it comes to Cable Management issues. But, hey, how'bout this. I see a cover strip of your wall-to-wall carpet, dismatling it, putting the cables behind and nicely reinstalling the strips could be one solution. Another one just popped into my mind would be going wireless for the surround speakers, although that would still require an AC power installation. I see an AC outlet on the left side just under the staircase that could be used with some considerations to pull the cable under the carpet to reach beneath the sofa.
As for nice speaker stands please note there is at least one ocean between where you and I reside, so I'll leave it to you to look around in your neck of the woods at a local media store carrying such hardware.
3) I don't think I'm going to do this...I think that table would look tacky with a table cloth...but thanks for the suggestion. I think that with the new media stand and if I'm able to tile the center upward slightly, sound should easily reach my ears without being obstructed by the coffee table. The coffee table is only about 16 inches high.
I'm sorry this didn't come across to you. You may reconsider like this. Suggesting to your honey to take over the decoration of the coffee table would solve two issues by one shot. 1) Honey will be pleased by caretaking hubby letting her do the home decoration, 2) you get rid of unwanted reflections (though no need to get into deep technical discussion here).
As you may also see, while setting up a living rooom HT there are a lot of small things to consider, one by one they may seem to be minor issues, but at the end of the day they all add up resulting in an SQ (sound quality) never experienced before in the same room. And finally, when you're done with all this cold-setup of speakers you should re-run ARC of your Anthem receiver with the supplied test mic in order to get the ulimate best results out of your HT system.
Wish Ya good luck.