Originally Posted by joeyo1313
I'm planning on mounting my 550 behind the wall so that the tv is flush. Where does the sound come out of the tv? In the back? Does anyone have thir tv mounted this way and know how it will effect the sound?
The speakers are at the bottom of the panel directly below the screen. They face down, not out.
I'm thinking you'll want to have at least 4 inches of clearance behind and 1 1/2 below the TV for the sound. Otherwise, the sound waves won't "escape" and it might be muffled and/or distorted.
The speakers are surprisingly good for a TV this thin. I turn the "Clear Voice" setting on but leave the SRS off. I rarely have my volume above 25 on the TVs volume scale of 0-100, and it fills the room. Obviously, the low end bass is lacking, but for normal TV viewing, it's surprisingly fine.
Sounds like your TV is mounted the same as mine. Mine is on a Level Mount bracket that extends 14 inches. The cavity is 12 inches deep with 1 1/2 inches of clearance around the sides the TV. My TV sits flush with the face of the wall which leaves about 6 inches of clearance in the back. I've also left open ports in the cavity above the TV to allow for venting.
HOWEVER, I'm VERY pleasantly surprised with how cool of a temperature this set runs. While the screen kicks off a good bit of heat, there's virtually no temperature difference in the wall cavity and the room temperature. The back panel is barely warm and the internal fans are barely audible. I was thinking I'd add 2 computer cpu fans to help for venting. Now, I'm thinking this TV could have been set with basically zero clearance. But, better to be safe than sorry.