Originally Posted by gsr
Sure, each person needs to decide what their priorities are. But just as an example, it would probably be a really bad idea to have 3 Salon2's across the front and a 77" display above them even if your seats are tilted back. That's why I've got 6 Salon2's and a Voice2 so I can have my TV at a height that doesn't cause neck strain when watching movies and TV.
You'd have to mount a TV pretty darn high to get it above Salon 2's, thats for sure! Would probably work well for some of the shorter towers like F206 and such.
My seats don't recline..just a sectional, but when seated comfortably for movies, my neutral gaze is actually towards the top of my TV which is mounted quite high due to my fireplace.
I can see if people are quite close it would be more of an issue. My TV is almost up against my 9' ceiling, and it is completely comfortable to view even though it "appears" very high. I can glance down a couple of feet to a more traditional mounting height, and moving my eyes a few degrees doesn't seem to cause any undue physical strain or hardship, injuries, etc.
Now if I had seats that tilted back, I would have to direct my gaze downward to view my TV even though it is mounted very high. Perhaps not in your specific case, but I think many people don't realize that they are directing their gaze down for TV viewing when not sitting bolt upright. Everyone is different of course, but myself and all family members tend to lean back comfortably for movies, other than my wife who usually sits very upright to knit.
If I sit bolt upright, my direct gaze is about a foot below my center channel which sits above the mantle. I don't know that I have ever sat that way for a movie though.
I think even though my TV is probably at the proper height for a neutral gaze when viewing, I would probably lower it some just for aesthetic purposes, but not all the way down to what is considered "normal".....but even then, gazing down a little bit with the eyes isn't very hard.
Regarding center channels, I would have *loved* to have gotten the 3 way C208 for output and potential sound quality reasons. Unfortunately, the C25 is right at the size limit for a center channel without blocking my screen. I was concerned about having two 5.25" woofers for the main speaker in a home theater application, but so far it seems to be working fine. I'm usually not any louder than -10 MV for movies, and, looking at spins, it seems to measure quite well. I actually didn't see any justification for moving up in price to the C205..same size drivers, same extension, power handling, and sensitivity. Are the drivers better in the C205? Maybe, Idunno, but the specs and measurements aren't any better, and the C25 is a better aesthetic match to my towers(with grilles off).