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I'm working with a difficult room here. The TV needs to be above the fireplace which puts it on the high end of the THX viewing guide. Since I'm trying to keep the thing as low as possible up there, the center needs to be above the tv. Any thoughts on this? No audio components have been purchased so recommendations help as well. I've read some stuff about keeping the front LR speakers in the same plane. I suppose this can be done with in-wall speakers but I don't want to do that if I don't have too. I also have read the quality of in-wall is not that good.
 

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This situation is a compromise in viewing as well as listening situation.


Why does the TV need to be above the fireplace?


If a left right speaker pair could be placed to the sides of the TV and used as a center speaker, this may work well.


Some on wall/in wall speakers have been reviewed with excellent sound quality. I would not pass them off as all poor. You would need to review and listen to them to get some ideas.
 

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Originally Posted by jeepwidow
I'm working with a difficult room here. The TV needs to be above the fireplace which puts it on the high end of the THX viewing guide. Since I'm trying to keep the thing as low as possible up there, the center needs to be above the tv. Any thoughts on this? No audio components have been purchased so recommendations help as well. I've read some stuff about keeping the front LR speakers in the same plane. I suppose this can be done with in-wall speakers but I don't want to do that if I don't have too. I also have read the quality of in-wall is not that good.
In-wall speakers can be exceptional if you get good ones.


People have a poor perception of inwalls and inceilings because most of them are used for environmental audio and are cheap and sound like crap.


But there are numerous exceptionally high quality in-walls available, and in-wall mounting provides some significant acoustical advantages over freestanding loudspeaker positioning, which is why in professional mastering studios, in-wall soffit speakers are exceptionally common where cost-no-object accuracy and fidelity are paramount.


Many inwalls will also allow you to aim the tweeter down at the listening position as needed, which will also help. This is generally not an option or difficult to do with on-wall mounted speakers.


I always prefer quality in-walls to the poor compromise of on-wall mounted speakers.


Triad Speakers is high on my list for high-end inwalls.
 
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