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Old 05-07-10, 07:07 PM
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Center channel hidden behind screen

I have a situation in my HT room where I would be able to mount my center channel speaker behind my front projection screen (like in a movie theater). Would I need a special screen to do this?
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Re: Center channel hidden behind screen

If you don't want it to sound horrible, then yes. You need an acoustically transparent screen.
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Re: Center channel hidden behind screen

I'll be in a similar position in a few months as my HT room comes together. You definitely need an AT screen like Shaun said. I know I'll be looking at a product by SeymourAV but there's plenty of players in the field. Good luck.
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Re: Center channel hidden behind screen

Now. What if the center chanel is behind the screen but the left and right are not? Does this create an imbalance? Is it an all three or none proposition?
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Re: Center channel hidden behind screen

Nope, no home theater police will be kicking in your door.

You can do anything you want. As for the quality of the sound, it will be about your set up, speakers and what you prefer. A common mistake IMO is putting your front speaker to far apart. But unless your screen is just massive, you should be good with going your fronts outside of the screen.

I experimented with mine and ended up just outside the screen. I didn't like them when I tried them farther apart. See pic...in signature.
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Re: Center channel hidden behind screen

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Now. What if the center chanel is behind the screen but the left and right are not? Does this create an imbalance? Is it an all three or none proposition?
You should be able to compensate for some of that with the settings on the receiver/processor. If the screen size is large enough you might want to put all three behind the screen.

Personally I painted my inwall grills the same color as the wall and they blend in so mych that when the movie is running you cannot notice them at all. And I feel that being unobstructed they provide better sound without compromising the quality of the screen in tems of brightness and color reproduction.

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