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We're building a new house and I'm trying to figure out the best way to hide a subwoofer in the family room. I could just get an in-wall sub, but I already have a great 12" Velodyne that I've had for like 18 years and absolutely love. The design of our family room/dining/kitchen area is wide open, and there's a roughly 2' void space in one corner of the family room as part of a "column" that is used to visually delineate the family room vs dining space. See attached. TV will be over the fireplace.

What I'm thinking is...what if I just build a little nook into that void, put a plug inside it, put the Velodyne sub in there, and then get a custom paintable grille to cover the opening? Is there any reason I shouldn't do that? If I go that route, should I seal the nook so it's airtight from the rest of the column or not?

Note we are not audiophiles and this is not a home theater. It's just a family room. We appreciate decent sound but this will never be cranked super loud or judged by a Dolby specialist.
 

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TV over fireplace = bad. It's going to be an ergonomic mess with kinked necks. If you must do that, I'd suggest an articulating mount so you can pull TV down and in front of fireplace for viewing and put back up above fireplace when done.

Subwoofer stuck in a nook might work, or may boom badly. I think an in-wall sub is a much better choice than stuffing a subwoofer into a nook and hoping for the best.
 

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Which Velodyne sub? Is it ported or sealed? Ported wouldn't be good in a column unless front-ported. Velodynes are good subs with good cabinets. I doubt the cabinet itself would agitate enough air within the "nook" to cause any audible artifacts. You will need to evaluate its location once its's installed to see if the listening position is in one of its null or peak regions.
 

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Couple things...

TV over fireplace = bad. It's going to be an ergonomic mess with kinked necks. If you must do that, I'd suggest an articulating mount so you can pull TV down and in front of fireplace for viewing and put back up above fireplace when done.

Subwoofer stuck in a nook might work, or may boom badly. I think an in-wall sub is a much better choice than stuffing a subwoofer into a nook and hoping for the best.
Thanks but I've had TVs over fireplaces for over a decade and we're fine. I purposely design the fireplace with a low-ish mantle and when you're sitting more than 13 feet away it's not a problem.

Which Velodyne sub? Is it ported or sealed? Ported wouldn't be good in a column unless front-ported. Velodynes are good subs with good cabinets. I doubt the cabinet itself would agitate enough air within the "nook" to cause any audible artifacts. You will need to evaluate its location once its's installed to see if the listening position is in one of its null or peak regions.
It's front-ported (on the bottom edge). It's actually inside a completely enclosed cabinet in our current house (a built-in next to the fireplace)...not ideal I know...but I stuck it in there just to get it out of the way years ago with the intention of finding a better spot for it, and it actually works out really well. The room gets tight subtle bass that's not boomy at all and the sub is completely out of sight.
 
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