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Need to install a center channel between mantle & TV

post #1 of 8
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OK, so here is my issue. I have a crappy Onkyo center channel speaker that I'm currently using for my center channel. It's actually the one from the set SKS-HT750 found here. http://us.onkyo.com/Products/model.php?m=SKS-HT750&class=Speaker&source=prodClass

I want to replace it with a Klipsch RC62 II center channel. My issue is that it doesn't fit on my mantle. The depth of the speaker is 12.5" D, and my mantle is only 7.5" D. My thought was that I could cut a hole in the wall, and kind of "tuck" the speaker in a little. It's over a corner (gas) fireplace, so there is some room.

My main concerns are heat as well as structural integrity. I'm including a couple photos. One with the finished fireplace, and one pre drywall so you can see the "bones". I would appreciate any suggestions on what to do here. As you can see, there is a stud right in the middle! frown.gif





Is it worth it, or should I just stick with a smaller center that will fit on my 7.5" mantle and not have a rear facing port? Then again, the center channel is the most important piece!

Just for additional information, all of my other speakers are mounted in the ceiling. They are SpeakerCraft AIM 8 One speakers. Specs here. http://www.speakercraft.com/products/architectural-speakers/in-ceiling/aim?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_sc.tpl&product_id=39&category_id=40
Edited by pstage - 9/11/13 at 9:17pm
post #2 of 8
Congratulations on being smart and taking pictures of everything before the drywall went on!

IIWY I would just redo the mantle to fit. It isn't all that hard. Look here. All the molding is available at your local home improvement store. The rest is just flat panels. Could be as simple as just replacing the top depending on your tastes. You could even just fabricate one that overlays and attaches to the existing top.

If you decide to make a hole in the wall, make sure you pay attention to the fireplace manufacturer's requirements and your local building code. FWIW the center stud doesn't appear to be structural, so cutting it to frame in a box is not a big deal.
Edited by Colm - 9/12/13 at 1:24am
post #3 of 8
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Definitely don't want to redo the mantle. Code requires that for every 1/8 your mantle protrudes from the wall, it's raised 1" higher. If I extended it the additional 5" I require, I would have to raise the mantle to the ceiling! frown.gif

Is there a recommendation on a different center channel? Maybe one that would be more closely timbre matched to the SpeakerCraft AIM 8 One speakers? Of course when I called SpeakerCraft, they said the only ones that would work are their "Roots" ones.
Those specs are here. http://www.speakercraft.com/products/roots-loudspeakers/roots-satellites?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_sc.tpl&product_id=327&category_id=80

Of course, since the depth of this one is only 6 1/4, it would fit on my mantle. But, is there going to be that dramatic of a difference in sound between this and the Klipsch? I haven't found anywhere that has the Roots one in stock so I can listen to it.
post #4 of 8
I suspect that the SpeakerCraft center is better timbre matched to your other speakers than the Klipsch center.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I would say, but do you think it would be something I would even notice??

I have an extra SpeakerCraft Aim8 One speaker. Same one that the rest are. I was thinking about installing that as my center, but would I be better with a true center channel speaker?
post #6 of 8
Your TV is going to be too high as well.

I wouldn't put a TV above a fireplace. Its too high. Then adding a C Channel too. Nah. If you need it above your fireplace put the C Channel ABOVE the TV and wall mount it.
post #7 of 8
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Your TV is going to be too high as well.

I wouldn't put a TV above a fireplace. Its too high. Then adding a C Channel too. Nah. If you need it above your fireplace put the C Channel ABOVE the TV and wall mount it.

I agree. The TV should be at eye level. I am not a fan of TV's above the fireplace but if that is absolutely what you want then put the center above the TV.
post #8 of 8
I have seen pictures of center channel speaker mounts that attach to your TV mount, that position the center channel speaker above the TV.

Edit - you're better off mounting the center it to the wall, or adding a thin shelf above.
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