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Old 03-08-2008, 04:23 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I've always assumed that center channel speakers would sound best under the TV, rather than above. Is this a valid assumption, or does it not make a difference?
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:26 AM   #2
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Hi all,

I've always assumed that center channel speakers would sound best under the TV, rather than above. Is this a valid assumption, or does it not make a difference?
Just try to be sure not to have any obstructions in between you and the speaker. Also, if you can tilt it so it's pointed towards the listening position, it helps.

Most center speakers have a pretty wide dispersion pattern, so for audio purposes, it's not really important.

Esthetics are different - that's up to you, and whether you have your rig in an enclosure or whatever.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:27 AM   #3
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I got mine under my tv
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:28 AM   #4
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I got mine under my tv
Same here
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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mine are also under the screen.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:32 AM   #6
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Mine is under the TV and is slightly tilted upwards which is aimed directly towards the sweet spot of the room where I sit.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:50 AM   #7
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I think most people keep theirs underneath the TV. (Im in the same boat... along with everyone that has posted thus far.) I have seen some people put it above. Maybe I have hearing issues but it seems the same to me
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:56 AM   #8
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as mentioned here,

keep it faced towards the sweetspot,
avoid any obstructions as much as possible,
including anything that can cause reflections as well (including glass coffee tables)

this applies to both under and over the tv. it dont matter as long as it meets these 'conditions'.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:58 AM   #9
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Mine is above. I just built a shelf for it above the TV specifically so i wouldnt have it on the floor.

Woops... I thought it was designed for ABOVE the TV.

Well. Crap.

Oh well. Ill deal with it.
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:08 AM   #10
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I made a shelf that has mine sitting perfectly alined with the top of my 40". So the bottom of the speaker is even with the top of the TV. I used to have it below but it was hard to here (dang coffee table), but now it sounds great. But, the speaker is still maybe 4' above the floor where it sits now, so it isn't too high.
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:13 AM   #11
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Mine is large and sits on a custom built stand under the screen, sounds much better than above. You should keep the tweeters as close to level with the tweeters in your l and r speakers.


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I noticed a huge different from moving the center from on top to below the screen.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:05 AM   #13
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Hi all,

I've always assumed that center channel speakers would sound best under the TV, rather than above. Is this a valid assumption, or does it not make a difference?
The best place for the center speaker is in the middle of the screen, either behind or in front of it. Unfortunately, we cannot do that with a TV. Professional theaters put the speakers behind the screen. Putting a speaker above or below a TV is a subjective matter. Most people prefer it under the TV. Make sure you do not put it on a carpet as carpets can absorb sound. Raise it slightly from the floor, if that is possible.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:21 AM   #14
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Place the speaker wherever it is able to be closest to ear level. That's the general rule for all speakers... just barely above ear level is the most ideal.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:23 AM   #15
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Place the speaker wherever it is able to be closest to ear level. That's the general rule for all speakers... just barely above ear level is the most ideal.
thats where mine is. thats on top for me. tv suppose to have a stand but didnt spend the extra on it. tv is about a foot too low
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Mine is above. I just built a shelf for it above the TV specifically so i wouldnt have it on the floor.

Woops... I thought it was designed for ABOVE the TV.
I also built a shelf just above the TV for my center channel and I have the speaker pointed downward slightly straight at me. Sounds perfect imo.
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:27 PM   #17
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i have mine is mounted above on a tilt towards the couch and chairs
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Mine weighs in at nearly 50lbs. (Rocket RSC200), so that would be below.
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Hi all,

I've always assumed that center channel speakers would sound best under the TV, rather than above. Is this a valid assumption, or does it not make a difference?
Mine is located underneath the TV, tilted and aimed at my listening position.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:25 PM   #20
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great post.. I was thinking about this very topic...
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