Originally Posted by klassified
Someone suggested putting the tv on the wall where the two photos are instead of over the fireplace which is a viable option but I prefer to have the tv over the fireplace. Any ideas on a good setup for a 5.1 system would be greatly appreciated.
Listen to that person...
TV over the fireplace is not generally a good idea, because the height of the display makes it uncomfortable for viewing. From the dining area it wouldn't matter, but from the 6-10' likely seating location, you'd be looking up at it, which your neck won't appreciate. You say you "prefer" that location - do you have a similar setup now, or are you just thinking about the aesthetics of that location? If you haven't tried it - take your existing setup and raise the display to the height it would be over the fireplace, and see what it feels like to you at the viewing distance you'll be.
Also - having the TV on that wall would make it much easier to position speakers and surrounds... In-ceiling rears / sides would work in that arrangement. If you're having the builder pre-wire, have them just place the wires in the wall/ceiling loose (attached), not in boxes, as the boxes have to be removed and force speaker placement against the joists/studs, which can be difficult to accomplish (too close to the framing).