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TV in recessed cabinet over fireplace, no room for speakers

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Hi all,

I have my 50" mounted in a recessed cabinet over my fireplace. The fireplace is 22" deep - the arm at full extension is 24" and is *just* long enough to hold my TV out in front of it. The opening is wide enough but not tall enough for the TV so the TV appears suspended right in front of it. Looks very good actually, and I have room in behind for my cable box, receiver, etc.

What I do not have room for is speakers. I had hoped I could raise the TV up enough to allow clearance for a soundbar, but I can only manage about 2.5" and haven't found a decent sound bar that fits. I do have room to put speakers on either side of the TV and thinking that will have to. The speakers I am looking at are Definitive Tech ProMonitor 800's. I need something that isn't very deep so that they don't stick out from the wall much beyond the TV. Ideally 5" depth max.

My question is, are these speakers decent for a basic 2.0 home theatre setup? Right now I'm just using the speakers built in to my Panasonic Viera TV which totally suck. I have an Onyko 7.1 receiver but the Polk speakers I have are too big to wall mount on the sides of the TV so it's sitting there unused. If the DefTech speakers in a 2.0 configuration don't give me significantly better sound maybe it's not worth it. I think I will probably try to get a wireless sub to get to 2.1 at some point but the limitations of the space are significant.

Your thoughts much appreciated - I will be using the speakers to play music and watch TV. I know it's not ideal but just looking to maximize what I can get in the sub $500 price range.

seismik
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Hi Seismik,

I don't have an answer for you but I wonder if it's possible for you to post a picture of your TV setup? I'm trying to do something similar with a TV and a cabinet and would like to see how your's looks.

Thanks.
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