Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
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I have a couple of comments/opinions, take them however you like, but ultimately it is your preference.
1. The distance between the fireplace and TV/Center channel is dictated by local and federal codes. For instance, the National Fire Code dictates that any combustible material must be at least six inches from the firebox opening. An additional inch of clearance is needed for every 1/8 inch the combustible material or trim protrudes.
2. I wouldn't worry about glare from fireplace as much as the glare from the windows that flank it. You should do a search on room darkening blinds options.
3. Is this house built on a slab? If not, I usually would go through the basement or crawl space to pull wires for in-wall or wall mounted speakers. If it is a slab, I understand why you want to go through ceiling.
4. Be careful with the popcorn ceiling. Depending on the year the house was built, it may have asbestos in it (build before 1978). If that is not an issue, why would you want to put that back up? Most people are not fans of popcorn ceiling. So, if you're already doing repairs, I'd just remove and go with flat ceiling or knockdown. I don't like messing with ceilings as they are very hard to get to look smooth. I'd recommend that you have a drywall person/company come in to estimate before your work to remove popcorn and patch/smooth out any areas where you damaged in install.
5. Speaker mounts-typically most audioholics recommend your front and rear speakers to be at ear level while seated. If that is not an option, you have to make due as best you can. In a 5.1 setup, your surround rear speakers should be behind the couch or seating area.
You can get more info on the individual pages here on speaker placement, etc. Do a search. Good luck on your new home!
Gear: Visio 70" M701d-A3R LED TV | Denon x2100w AVR | Sony BDPS5100 (blu ray) | SONY PS3 | Polk 265-RT (L/R) | Polk 255C-RT (C) | Polk RC65i (L/R rear Surround) | Polk RC80i (L/R Surround) | SVS PB-2000 (Subwoofer) | Harmony Smart Control (Remote)
My basement reno: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-gen...l#post33708177