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post #1 of 6
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I have an opening over my firplace that measures 54" wide by 34" in height. I want to put a large screen TV up there. I can probably cut the wall and gain a little more height, but would prefer not too. Most of the HD widescreen TV's I've seen are all too tall for the opening.

The firplace is a sealed propane gas unit and I don't believe heat would be a problem.

The plasma's look nice and would fit, but the cost is well over the budjet. Looking to spend 3 to 4K.

Had a thought in taking one apart from its base and just putting the screen up there. Good way to void the warranty, but I'm getting desperate.

Anyone have any ideas?

Windoor
post #2 of 6
Take a look at the RCA F38310, here:

http://www.rca.com/product/viewdetai...CI105,00.html?

This set has a built-in ATSC tuner and DirecTV HDTV tuner and is probably the biggest bang for the buck in HDTV. And it will fit your shelf, if the shelf is deep enough.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply and link

Depth of shelf is 26", so it will fit.

I was hoping for something a little bigger though. Say in 50 to 55" range. The family room measures 22' X 14', with viewing distance at about 12'

Windoor
post #4 of 6
Unfortunately, your idea to seperate the top and bottom halves of a rear-projection set wouldn't work since the CRTs are in the bottom half and their proximity to the mirror and the screen in the top half is critical.
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Thread Starter 
So I guess I'll have to cut the wall. There goes the mantle and the budjet

I was here when the house was framed, so I know I have the room. RCA has a 50" : L50000 with a 38" height. A cut of 4" will do the trick. A lot more than I wanted to spend, but I can make it work.

Thanks for your thoughs.

Windoor
post #6 of 6
never understood the tv over the fireplace thing.

after all a fireplace, is just as good as TV. you can have one or the other but not both.

why don't you try a different arrangement that way you can have both the TV and the fireplace going at the same time.
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