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Centre speaker dilemma

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by sunlink, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. sunlink

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    I am building a purpose built 8m x 8m extension (home cinema lounge) that incorporates an Ingelnook fireplace. I have 52 inches above the mantle piece to accommodate my screen (48 inches high + housing) leaving 4 inches to try and house my 8 inch high centre speaker below the screen (not possible).
    Currently I am considering housing it in the ceiling at an angle above the screen, preferrably lowering into place by some form of motorised mechanism but would be greatful for any other suggestions.
    Does anybody have any plans for such a mechanism or has seen something similar done elsewhere?
    Will the sound be degraded by the ceiling position of the centre speaker?

    Cheers

    Steve
    :) :) :)
     
  2. Triggaaar

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    I would avoid putting in the ceiling, especially if you L/R speakers are at normal height. I imagine you wouldn't get a sense of realism for surround sound. I didn't read all of you BOSE thread, so not sure if you've got/chosen your speakers - but if you had Gallos, they'd fit above the mantle.

    What screen and housing is going above the fire? Putting a screen above a fire is a compromise for peoples living room - if you're building a home cinema lounge, do you have to compromise?
     
  3. sunlink

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    Trigg,

    Married, hence compromise and fireplace.
    Are you saying that there would be significant degradation of the dialogue channel if the speaker was at ceiling height?

    Steve:confused:
     
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    Yup - people's voices from the screen should be at ear height, otherwise everyone appears to be speaking to you from heaven. :D
     
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    Two possible solutions:

    1. Phantom Centre. Not ideal but you did mention compromise!

    2. Use two centre speakers mounted either side of the screen.
     
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    certainly possible to position the speaker above the screen,angled down into the listening position,but it will lead to some distortion of the soundstage.
    Using 2 centre speakers either side of the screen will result in a very diffuse centre speaker image,and may well intrude on the information from your L and R speakers...I wouldn't go for that option,nor would I go for using a phantom setup unless you really have to.
     
  7. sunlink

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    DML,

    A centre either side is looking favourite at this moment in time.

    Steve:)
     
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    Any ideas on a smaller replacement for my Tannoy centre? Something no taller than four inches.

    Steve:confused:
     
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    By the sounds of it you'll be using a projector I presume??
    How's about getting a perforated screen?, that way you could position the centre channel speaker behind it at a more "ear friendly" height. And possibly flush it into the wall in a "wife friendly" fashion???

    Only a suggestion mind!!!

    TTFN
     
  10. SanPedro

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    Steve,

    Is the fireplace going to be used? And will it be used when watching movies.

    The glow from any fire, be it real or gas, will be pretty distracting, not to mention the heat that could seriously affect the screen. But maybe you've no plans to use it and it will just be decorative.

    If the fire is never going to be used why not build your centre speaker in to the surround somehow and then pull the cover off when watching movies. Or is an Inglenook all stone? (excuse my ignorance) In which case the perforated screen would be a great option and then build the speaker into the wall.

    Chris L
     
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    Hi again Sunlink,

    Just had another thought. If the room is going to be a cinema/lounge, why not try building a false wall across the front of it (if the front speakers/sub are to be situated in alcoves either side of fireplace)? and use coloured acoustic cloth in front of the speakers to hide them away from the prying eyes of the missus (obviously in a colour or HER choosing). That way she won't be able to see just what you've got hidden there and may be able to get away with having some seriously big speakers and sub's without her knowledge.

    HEH HEH!!
     

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