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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I have a Panasonic 60UT50 plasma in which I'd like to improve with a sound bar.

The problem I'm having is my TV is on a table and I'd like to put the bar in front of the TV on the table too.
With some research I discovered most (if not all) will be too high and will obstruct the screen.

Is there a way to attach the bar to the top of my Panny?
post #2 of 18
You have the TV sitting on a stand? Without knowing anything about your setup, my first thought is not to have the soundbar above the TV. I ended up getting a new TV stand but what I did at the time was measure the space from the top of the stand to the bottom of my TV screen. I tried to find a soundbar that was low enough in height to fit nicely. If you can't do that, some people have built a small support. You can put the TV on the support to add height to fit the soundbar.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for replying, Doc.


After I posted here last night I finaly found for sale online the brackets needed to do the job.
I haven't bought them yet.

But this is not recommended?
post #4 of 18
Having a soundbar above the TV rather than below it usually improves the sound. Of course the room and furnishings play a big part too. Which brackets are you looking at? If it's the universal bracket they may not work with a 60" panel. It would depend on which soundbar you wanted to use and where the keyholes are located height-wise.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi,
Yes it was the Universal bracket I saw but Amazon does sell others.
I was wondering if my Panny has the keyholes required in the back ...I just looked and you're right...none!
Is there another bracket that can be used?

The soundbars I'm interested in are the Sony HT-TC150, Yamaha YAS-101 and the Samsung HW-C450.

Can anyone suggest instead something to put under the TV to give it height...something lite and black?


Thanks PG...your avatar is so cute.
post #6 of 18
I was referring to the keyhole slots on the soundbar. The bracket attaches to the VESA mounts on the TV (which are covered with a plastic plug that gets removed). They will attach fine to pretty much any flat panel. With a large TV you use the upper VESA hole. The brackets can be moved left or right before being tightened down, but the potential issue is whether they can be positioned to match up with the soundbar keyholes. With smaller panels it's not a problem. There is another "bracket" called Center Stage but the soundbar model is pricey - $130.

BTW I used the universal bracket with a 55" Panny and the Sony CT-350. It just made it.

This is the way it looked. I don't have this setup anymore as I got rid of the soundbar.
Edited by Possumgirl - 2/15/13 at 9:58am
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks PG!

I was confused because the holes in the back of my TV already have screws in them so I thought that it was holding the tv together.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Baron Blood View Post

Thanks for replying, Doc.


After I posted here last night I finaly found for sale online the brackets needed to do the job.
I haven't bought them yet.

But this is not recommended?

It's all about personal preference. My comments were mainly aesthetics related. I dry fit my sound bar above the TV and hated the way it looked.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Oh...ok.

I would prefer to place a soundbar under the TV screen but now I've got to figure out what to put under my Panny that will look good.
post #10 of 18
How much room do you have from the top of the TV stand to the bottom of the TV? There are some soundbars that are extremely thin and can sit underneath and not block the screen.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
The problem with putting a soundbar on the table with the TV is the base takes up the entire table therefor with the Panny base even the smallest (Sony HT-CT150) bar is a little too high.

I'm now wondering if there's a replacement base that will raise my TV screen?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Baron Blood View Post

The problem with putting a soundbar on the table with the TV is the base takes up the entire table therefor with the Panny base even the smallest (Sony HT-CT150) bar is a little too high.

I'm now wondering if there's a replacement base that will raise my TV screen?

have you considered wall mounting?
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
I thought of wall mounting the sound bar but I can't mount the heavy 60" plasma as I live in a apartment.

I imagine that having a soundbar above yet behind by a few feet of the TV would not sound very good...no?
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Baron Blood View Post

I thought of wall mounting the sound bar but I can't mount the heavy 60" plasma as I live in a apartment.

I imagine that having a soundbar above yet behind by a few feet of the TV would not sound very good...no?

ahhhh, nothing a little bit of spackle won't fix when you move out biggrin.gif
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by wormraper View Post

ahhhh, nothing a little bit of spackle won't fix when you move out biggrin.gif

I'm in an apartment and my walls look like swiss cheese. My wife got mad after the first 15 holes but she got over it. All that you need is 4 holes, I believe. Lightweight spackle for the small holes and regular spackle for the larger ones. They'll paint it after I move out.
post #16 of 18
I had ran across this tv riser/sound bar mount on the internet a few weeks ago. Looks like what you may be looking for. But, it also looks like something that you could easily build yourself for alot less money.
http://www.wood-tech.com/catalog/51/soundbar_risers
post #17 of 18
Possumgirl mentioned a good solution, Center Stage makes some great stuff. It's a little expensive but works well if you want to mount your soundbar above your TV.
post #18 of 18
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