Minimum Sound Bar Height

My wife and I just moved into a summer home and I want to set up a 5.1 system for watching movies.  A top-quality system is out of the question for this place; reasonably high-quality consumer-grade level (preferably, used) will have to do.  I plan to hang the TV over the fireplace using a MantelMount, which also hangs the center channel speaker.  Since the bottom of the speaker must clear the top of the mantle, I need its dimensions before I can mount the TV on the wall.

A low profile speaker would have some advantages but I question whether small drivers can produce even reasonably good quality.  I'd love to hear opinions re how tall a sound bar needs to be to produce decent sound, or if this line of reasoning is completely wrong.  (The mains will be a pair of old Magneplanar MG-I after I re-cement the tweeter voice coils, which occasionally rattle a bit.)  Does anyone have a specific suggestion for a center channel speaker that I might find used?
Bob Simon


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At mantle height angle the speakers down, unless you are doing stand up movie watching.

I bought this Klipsch R30C, used on eBay (returns accepted)

It has no rear port which is good for center speaker

5" high; 26" wide, 7" deep. Leave a little height clearance in case you want to change.

It is very efficient, make sure your AVR has speaker level adjustments so you can cut it's level to match your FL and FR


Height of Monitor: if too high, you or your mate will get a stiff neck looking up.

Donna is 5' tall, I am 6' tall. We used stacks of books under the monitor to find a height that worked for both of us.