Originally Posted by DigsMovies
I'm sure you know this, but for the record- one can get an AT Studiotek 130.
Yes, there is a trade-off. A little brightness is lost, but the benefit of placing speakers behind the screen more than makes up for it. The larger the screen, the more of a distraction it is to have the center speaker located above or below. I notice it (the sonic location) easily, and it really bugs me. I noticed it even with an old 35" CRT T.V., with the center speaker on top.
Having the dialogue come from the proper location is a tremendous benefit!
Yes, problem is that I can see the holes in the perf screen from 11 feet, so no bueno when combined with the light loss. If I couldn't see them, I'd probably have gone that route.
Plus, as much as I'd like having the voice from the screen, there is a noticeable issue with that, too. So often, the person speaking is not in the middle of the screen, so it's still not located properly when you listen and analyze it. Rarely do sound mixers properly use both the left and right speakers to image the voice to the right part of the screen. And 90% of the sound in the left and right speakers is from action taking place off the screen, so those definitely need to be outside of the screen imo.
I keep my center channel up really close to the screen, so I get pretty good voice location (the tweeter is only 16 inches below the outside speaker tweeters from 11 feet away). And when watching movies for the first time (not testing with the same reference material over and over as we enthusiasts tend to do), I honestly do not get distracted by it whatsoever.
Of course, everybody's room is different and we all have our personal prefernences.