With the MantelMount, the TV pulls down from storage against the wall and over the mantel, to down to eye level while sitting on the couch. At least that’s the way I understand it. And thanks for the pointer to Klipsch R-30C. Seems like a good option. Bob
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I have a home theater in our living room… using a center speaker in the cabinet… which I angle up. It works well. So they can be placed high or low, just angle towards head level. The initial equalization routine will adjust volumes on each speaker to the appropriate sound level.
I assume you are not actually buying a sound bar. But 5.1 discrete channels. They are best the same brand… and centers are made for virtually all brands of speakers these days.
Better coordinate the depth of the Mantle and the various positioning of the moving parts of the movable bracket.
You might need to add some blocks behind the bracket to push the monitor/brackets out to make it work.
Buy the most heavy duty bracket, I put a common one in our Apt in NYC. Pulls out a bit, then angle it sideways to sofa. Straight when pushed against the wall, pull it out, it’s not quite level.
The bracket holes on the monitor are centered, but the weight of the monitor is not 50/50, so the off center weight of the monitor and the slightly flexible pivot joints of the bracket when extended let the right side sag a little bit. Many don't notice, I am an Interior Architect, have a good eye for level, pi---s me off!
And if monitor lowers, you need more clearance down to top of center.
I used this Bose Center Speaker for years, sounds surprisingly good, smaller, less clearance needed below monitor
or center speaker lower, angled up as someone suggested.
Has anyone used the TV’s speakers for Center Channel?
Don't forget the ergonomics of putting a TV over the mantle. If you are too close it forces you to keep looking upwards. Also, a soundbar can be under the TV as well. Another alternative is to forego a sound bar and use L and R speakers built into the walls next to the mantle, along with matching surrounds.
Lastly, some TV's have really decent sound built in. For your use it may be just fine.
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