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I am installing a projector screen in a room where behind the screen is a solid glass window/wall. Below the screen there is nothing the center speaker can sit on, other than the floor.

I am looking for a center speaker option for the theater room. The center speaker would need to be either ceiling mounted, or sit on the floor.

Acoustically, is floor or ceiling mount better? And second, can anyone suggest a center speaker that mounts well?

The floor will be hard wood floors.

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You should pick a center based on match with your other speakers. Have you considered a transparent screen to allow for easy placement of a tower center or a stand?

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A lot of people use a stand for the center speaker. That's what I would do.
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I made a ghetto stand for my center speaker. In the dark (dim light), you can't tell it's DIY.
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thanks for the reply's. I can't make a stand as directly behind the screen is a glass wall. I don't want anything blocking the glass wall. The screen is a motorized one that normally hides in the ceiling. Trying to keep it minimalistic. Should I mount the center to the ceiling or the floor?

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I think most prefer ceiling to floor. I did. Why don't you start on the floor. It doesn't take any work to try that.

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thinking outside the box - if the drop down screen is acoustically transparent, you could build a motorized lift (linear actuator) to drop the center channel speaker down behind the screen when in use; when not in use, hides away in/near the ceiling.


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That sounds like a job for Q!
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Which option will place the speaker closest to the screen's edge? You want the speaker as close to the screen as possible. My guess is that would probably be on the ceiling in your case. Mount it to the ceiling and angle in downwards towards the seating area. Axiom has ceiling mounts for their speakers (http://axiomaudio.com/fullmetalceilingbracket.html). I use that mount with my sides and backs, but their center channels can be mouned with that bracket also.
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Thanks for the help.

I'm building a room so its not ready yet, but need to plan ahead. I need to plan where I would like the speaker wires to be coming out of.

I am looking for a low profile, but good center speaker. Any thoughts?
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Thanks for the help.

I'm building a room so its not ready yet, but need to plan ahead. I need to plan where I would like the speaker wires to be coming out of.

I am looking for a low profile, but good center speaker. Any thoughts?

I assume you can't or don't want to use the same brand as your mains and you don't indicate a budget. You should try to go with something that has similar sonic characteristics to your mains.
Check out Axiom. Their products offer great value, online purchase, and you can return it if you don't like it.
Axiom has been in business for years and have a solid reputation.
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Acoustically placing center speaker on floor is best idea. Also you have to tell us what your other speakers are and what is your avr.
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One reason I suggested a ceiling mount is that in a multiple row arrangement, it gets the dialogue up and over the front row and across the entire room better. On the floor, the furniture in the front can "catch" it all. These details weren't stated, but he did call it a "theater room" which might imply so. But then again, a glass front wall indicates otherwise?

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What is the distance between the bottom of the screen and floor?
Depending on the distance, you may be able to place a small floor stand with may be some pivoting to direct the focus of the sound to your ears.

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