I am thinkinig of having a custom cabinet created to hide the HTM3S and i needed some advice. I would like to "hide" said speaker rather than having it sitting on top of the "ready made" cabinet that i have. I also want to bring my Pio 141 as close to the ground as possible. if i hide the Centre speaker in the cabinet, i can bring it down to 30 inches, or even less.
to get basic idea of what the cabinet i am thinking of making looks like -- my colors are different, as are the dimensions -- i will try to paste a photo here:
The cabinets below the slab will be 25 inches high. the two outer sections will be 22 inches wide and the one ones in the middle will have a combined width of 40 inches. (this is where the HTM3 will go). The center doors will open towards the sides and i will put a few fans in each cabinet just to keep all the components nice and cool.
The bottom of the HTM3 will be 10 inches off the ground and roughly 23 inches high. it will be sitting on pull out drawer.
The problem i am having is that there is a glass coffee table in front of this media cabinet that goes 17 inches high from the floor. I am afraid that if i put the HTM3S inside the cabinet, all the sound will reflect off the coffee table and the accustics will be all messed up.
here's a pic of the coffee table -- in case it matters:
Also, because there is a wooden slab above the cabinets, the bottom my plasma would be roughly 7 inches above the top of the tweeter -- which some people consider "pushing it" in terms of distance. my HT specialist says he wants the HTM3 as close as possible to the plasma.
my original idea, which i not longer want to go for, would have a fairly low media cabinet that only measures 19 inches high that the HTM3 would sit on top of. I would have to mount my Plasma 33 inches off the ground, which frankly i conisder a little bit high. The top of the tweeter would however be just below the bottom of the Plasma.
what do you guys think? should i just stick with my ready made (but boring) media cabinet with the speaker on top of it, or should i go for the custom made piece and make it to my specs? btw i can make it pretty much any way i want. i have also seen pics of people's setup where the center speaker is tilted up towards the listening position, but i am not sure how this is best accomoplished.
finally, in terms of using a pull out drawer, would moving the center speaker 2-3 inches out have a big effect on the soundstage, or would u say its neglegable? (what about moving it out 10 inches?)
most of the time the center cabinet doors will be in the open position, but occasionally i would like it closed when listening to 2 channel sources.