Originally Posted by boarder1995 /forum/post/17012892
With the TV above the fireplace, to keep the center more coherent with the other mains, I'd go below the mantle or just under the bottom of the TV. I've got the same setup and have run the center on a stand below the TV in front of the fireplace and now run a tower center speaker just like my L & R. Either setup gave me a seamless front stage as things panned across the TV, plus the drivers are more ear level without having to aim the center down.
Originally Posted by PAUL250268 /forum/post/17013126
Hi, what happens if you want to use the fire?
I'm going to have the fireplace totally re-built (gas fire). The brick is going and were are going to use a tile of some type. My contractor has told me that I can lower the mantel by approx. 2 brick courses. It just seems a shame to have to raise the TV (52" LCD) to allow for the center speaker. Viewing distance is only 11ft.
If I had it my way I'd just put a piece of furniture in front of the fireplace, which I already have. But, I'm not "allowed" to.
What about a "custom" mantel piece? Maybe I could have the speaker "built in", what about heat though?