I'm looking to purchase my first home theater system, but I'm stuck how to place the center channel speaker. Here's an image of my modest TV room for reference:
As you can see, the TV is on a console table that is somewhat higher than most TV stands (30") and has an unfortunate drawer immediately under the TV. Also, we have the couch positioned about 5.5 feet from the TV, as it is a somewhat small room.
So here are my constraints:
* The console table needs to stay where it is.
* We can't mount the TV because we are renting.
* Speakers can't be mounted on top of the TV.
* No wires to the rear speakers.
Also, I'd prefer not to raise the TV, if possible. We're already looking up a bit as it is.
As for budget, I'd like to keep the total cost under a grand. I'm used to cheap 50$ Logitech speakers hooked up to my TV, so my standards are somewhat low. Receivers, on the other hand, matter a lot to me; something solid and future proof.
I was thinking of the following solutions to the center channel problem:
1. Get a good receiver, maybe something like the TX-NR616. (I'm totally open to suggestions)
2. Get a wireless transmitter for the rear speakers, like the Soundcast SCS100
3a. Get one of the Sony speaker systems with their very low-profile center channel speaker, like the BDVN790W (without their terrible blu-ray player/receiver), and simply place the center speaker in front of the TV. I've heard these speakers in the Sony store, and they didn't seem too bad. Or perhaps another low-profile center channel speaker under three inches high (I don't know of any others).
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3b. Get a better speaker system, like the Energy Take Classic, and place the center channel speaker under the TV, maybe flush against the drawer slightly angled up.
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3c. No center channel. Invest in front speakers with excellent "imaging" (not entirely sure what that means). Also would need to pick out the sub and rears.
Any advice on the above would help me tremendously, as I've been stuck on this for weeks now. Thanks so much!