Originally Posted by Jim Reeve
That's one reason for not putting the TV over the mantle. There are at least three good reasons not to site it there.
1. The heat issue, as mentioned, that might damage the TV; plus the matter of all of the airborne crud that sneaks up and out of the fireplace to dirty up the screen.
2. Looking up at the screen over a fireplace is like sitting in the front row at a movie theater -- not very comfortable
3. Consider how stupid it looks when it is turned off and is sitting sitting there as a blank, gray blob in what might otherwise be a focal point of the room.
1) Have wood burning fire place that use very regual and no issues with heat to the TV, been that way for 3 years now. So check that one off your list.
2) Could be depending on how close you are to the TV. For us we are far enough away not to be an issue. Took a little getting use to but it frees up a ton of floor space not having another piece of furnature for the TV and equipment.
3) No stupider then anywhere else. Actually when we have get togethers we play screen savers with high quality art or family pictures. Every one loves seeing it scroll through old family stuff.
4) Never taken it down since putting it up, 3 years again.
5) Cabling all ran through a 2-1/2" conduit behind the TV. Zero cable mess to look at, looks way better then most I see sitting on a TV stand with a wad of cables behind it.