Originally Posted by HuskerPower25
I'm going to let it settle as well and see what happens. I also moved it around so it is no longer in front of the doors, I moved a bunch of stuff around and made some sacrifices with furniture placement and got it along a wall in that same room. Here are the pictures, ignore the messy desk, visible cords and the map that I haven't hung yet.
For reference, the windows in my place are all south facing (on the right). The closet the TV was previously in front of is on the left of that room (parallel to the window). The outline in the foreground is the frame for the accordion door which spans the entire width from windows to that edge, about 14 feet. That room extends another 5 feet to the left on the other side of that wall to the closet doors. The reason I was reluctant to do this in the first place was because of the limited space between the corner of the desk and corner of the couch, as seen here.
It is an 18 to 20 inch space between the edge of the couch and desk. Since it is just me and I generally don't have many people in and out of here, I figured the small space isn't a huge deal. I can walk through it just fine. If I had more people in and out of here, I'd rethink things.
In terms of spacing, the TV is currently about 10" from the wall, the back cushion of the couch is 8' from the TV and the TV stand itself is centered 17" between the edge of the desk and the shelf on the left. This isn't ideal, but it is as good as it is going to get in this place. I'll probably move the chair on the left back about half a foot. There is a coffee table that is meant to go in there, but it is a 52"x28" oval and I think it would get very tight so I'll probably roll with a side table to the left of the couch and two leather foot stools.
I could theoretically mount the TV on the wall now, but it is a shared wall with the condo next to mine and these walls do not handle vibration well (for example, I can hear my neighbors cell phone pulsing on a table against the wall while someone is trying to call him as I type this). Plus this isn't a permanent residence so I'd rather limit holes in the wall that I'd have to fix and repaint before I sell it, once I get somewhere more permanent, this thing is going on the wall for sure.
As for the buzzing, it is still audible at my 8 foot viewing distance on fully bright screens (the XBOX 360 load screen, some commercials, hockey, brightly lit basketball courts) but not really when the sound is on at a level I listen to. Now I was curious about the acoustics and decided I'd try an experiment and put two pillows behind the TV, just resting lightly against the back of the set so air can still flow. When I did that, any buzzing pretty much ceased, even on the brightest of screens. I could still hear a little with the TV muted, but that's to be expected. Even on a full white slide, the buzzing is not at an obnoxiously loud level.
Now I have two theories here.
1) The back panel itself is vibrating at a frequency loud enough for me to hear and reverberating off the hard wall. I have excellent hearing so that would make sense. It would also explain why the buzzing almost completely stops with something leaning against it.
2) The buzzing is within the panel itself and is just reverberating off the walls and short ceiling and back to the viewing area. The ceiling in this room is just under 8'. The pillows behind the TV would then be deadening that sound before it can reverberate, resulting in a mostly quiet TV.
I'd be interested in hearing some other experiences with buzzing, specifically relating to distance from the wall, type of surface behind the TV and room dimensions. I don't really want to settle for the pillow behind the TV trick but I'm definitely not going to keep playing Amazon roulette either if the amount of buzz I'm getting is normal and I just happen to be more sensitive to it or the room is amplifying things.