Quote:I use a pair of center channel speakers, which allows the IR sensor to be exposed.
I've always had a pair of bookshelf speakers as my center channel as historically I used separate amps to drive my speakers, the amps I used were stereo, and bookshelf speakers always seem to come in pairs. With smaller TVs, having a speaker on each side gave me a good soundstage. WIth the VT50, instead of having them standing up, they are laying down in front of the TV, which is actually better as they line up closer to the same height as the midrange and tweeters on the front speakers.
Even though they are only about 5" high, this would block some of the picture, so I have the stand raised up to allow clearance. I used the ghetto method of hockey pucks glued to the bottom of the stand (after routing out the top of the hockey pucks so that the feet of the stand would nestle inside and give me a larger contact surface). In a dark room, they pretty much disappear, but I could put some sort of trim in front if I really wanted to.