Originally Posted by Michael James
Any thoughts here?
Just wanted to give you a heads up on my previous experience – the TV over the fireplace was the worst place I’ve ever put a TV. First, if it’s not plasma, the image quality will deteriorate considerably. I had to swap my LCD TV with a plasma version. The worst part was what it did to our necks – very uncomfortable. We were about 8-9 feet from the plasma set. Long story short, I ended up watching the old rear projection in another room.
This location required us to "look up" at the TV:
This fireplace was not a good location either:
Here is what we ended up with:
The Pioneer rear projection is located on the right, inside a Salamander cabinet. The TV is 23 inches from the floor - no neck fatigue at all.
With my next place, for my new plasma (P65VT60), I wanted to keep the 23 inch height so I went with this:
Stand can be found here (blended with the Salamander cabinet perfectly):
The Noble Fidelity surrounds are in the ceiling above - the best thing I did for this room IMO - they sound awesome for both 5.1 movies/concerts and 2.1 stereo music - great dispersion. Noble Fidelity also has in-walls; however, I have not heard them. If they are anything like their in-ceiling products, I would absolutely give them some consideration. Removing speaker stands and cables for the surrounds really gave the room a much more appealing look.
For the fireplace, we did this:
I wish you well with your new installation.