Originally Posted by smithmal
I also installed a 5.1 in-wall system with a TV above the fireplace. My wife had issues due to the lack of real estate between the fireplace mantle and the bottom of the tv. We settled on an in-wall 4.1 setup using a phantom speaker arrangement for the center. I mentioned to her that I was willing to paint the in-wall speakers the color of the wall (frame and grill), but once it was installed she didn't have issue with it. Maybe you could show your wife some pics of the monoprice speakers installed (painted/unpainted) and she'd change her mind.
I've read that having your LCR in the ceiling is a bad idea in terms of surround sound. You could get away with it though as long as you and your wife are not audiophiles in nature. I'm sure it will be much better than the sound your tv alone kicks out.
Thanksf or the response smithmal.
Same problem here. Having a centre speaker between the TV and the top of the fireplace mantle threw the design off quite significantly. And having the in wall speakers mounted to the fireplace/tv tile surround was also throwing things off. With that said, it only makes sense to go in-ceiling.
She has seen the 7604's in person and installed at a friends place. She's fine with them there as its on a wall with no fireplace, but in our case, the different type of install doesnt seem to work.
Neither of us are audiophiles but I'm pretty sure any setup with good/decent speakers (monoprice speakers) plus a good receiver should sound better than the crap coming out of the TV no?
I can see how having a 5.1 in ceiling setup would typically be bad for surround sounds...but what if the speakers, like the 4929's, have an angled woofer plus tweeters that can be directed towards the seating position? Its probably not going to be as good as in-walls that are positioned correctly in the wall in front of you, but they are going to be much better than speakers that dont have the ability to direct sound towards the seating position?
I guess the other question is, is it odd to have a centre speaker on the ceiling, also with directional capabilities with the tweets/woofer...