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Flat Screen over FP--where do the audio components go?

by fwgibbs / July 3, 2007 1:13 AM PDT


We just purchased a new house, and there is a media room that is setup with a gas FP and ample space above for mounting flat screen. I currently have a 37" Panny plasma, and do like it, but will be looking for a 50" for this space. What I choose is a topic for a whole separate thread....

My problem is that I want to have the monitor integrated into my five channel audio setup--so how do I do that when the screen is located above the FP?

Do I simply run a long HDMI up to the back of the unit, and down to my AVR? I have all of this stuff in a cabinet right now--center, sub, Plasma, DVD, AVR, CD, etc., etc. Do I try to mount some heavy duty shelves on the side of the FP and put all this gear on them? Or do I just run long cords to the TV and keep the components in a glass paneled unit on the floor?

The geometry of this is already stressing me out. I think the TV will look great up above the FP, but since this is the primary viewing TV for sports and movies, I want/need the full stereo multi channel effect.

Your thoughts, as always, most appreciated.



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This I remember.
by ahtoi / July 3, 2007 3:39 AM PDT

I just read something about HDTV setup here at CNET; One of the thing NOT to do is to install the panel above your fireplace. You have no other place to put that?

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Well, the gas fireplace is probably more symbolic than a
by NM_Bill / July 3, 2007 4:01 AM PDT

source of major heat.

fwgibbs, you are stressing out over this. If you like your existing cabinet, I'd use it. Try to place it so the cables don't have to have an excessive length & be in a pleasing position for you to enjoy a rather normal furniture environment. I too, would feel strongly that the set up be combined with the 5 channel audio set up.

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by stewart norrie / July 3, 2007 7:24 AM PDT

ha ha no t.v. stuck on a wall for me I would bring in the pros and have a sweet front projector installed with a 8"10 ft screen flush mounted with the ceiling all you see is this door thats painted the same color as your ceiling and when you hit the power button door swings open and this beautiful huge screen drops down for a real movie theater experience also hi-quality 1080P projectors are very affordable now Yes I figue $7000 for the whole system but the resale value of your home will be triple that amountI know Iam crazy but wall mounted t.v. look stupid I dont like the idea of having a t.v. that looks like a picture ugh steweee

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by Riverledge / July 3, 2007 9:55 AM PDT

WHY NOT STACK THE COMPONENTS IN THE FIREPLACE HEARTH; and run the wires through the dry-wall. Just a wild thought.


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I wouldn't hvae done it this way, but....
by fwgibbs / July 5, 2007 4:16 AM PDT

....this is the way the contractor designed it, with the wall outlet, cable line, etc. right smack in the middle above the fireplace.

Of course, I don't HAVE to do it this way, but now that it's done, I think I might as well take advantage of it.

There are tons of windows in this media room, so there is no other good place to put the TV and components. It's either above the FP with the HDMI line coming down to the AVR, which would be stacked somehow with other components, or I'd have to run a cable some distance to a corner, where I'd have a cabinet.

Thanks for the ideas, fellas....

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Flat Screen Over Fireplace - Component Storage
by HaveToAsk / July 3, 2007 10:04 AM PDT

My issue with a TV over the FP would not be the heat, but rather the viewing angle. Ergonomically, the TV should be at eye level or below. If you have to look up at the TV for extended periods of time, this may give you a "pain in the neck". Just be careful and take a good look at how far away you sit and how high the TV is. If the center of the TV is 5' off the floor and you're sitting 10' away, you may be okay, but take close look at this.

HDMI cables are great because a single cable can carry all that you need. If there is a good way to run the cable, I personally like placing the components out of the way. In fact, placing them out of sight is even better. Here are some different ways to get your remotes to work no matter where the components go:


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I wouldn't mount the TV there.
by kcfvegas / July 5, 2007 4:35 AM PDT

I just moved into a house that had built in shelves that are mantle height next to the fireplace for the TV. After placing our TV there we are now going to rip out that shelf so that we can place the TV on a TV stand inside the built in. We hated having to look up all the time, not to mention at that angle we lost some picture quality on the LCD.

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Similar Take
by sirspe / July 5, 2007 7:18 AM PDT

I wouldn't recommend putting the TV above the fireplace IF you are planning to use the fireplace (as others have mentioned). Also, make sure you have enough room so that the viewing angle is too steep.

Enough with the problems, here a possible solution:
If you're set on mounting the TV over the FP, but don't yet have the 50" of your dreams, I'd support getting a ceiling-mount projector. I wouldn't worry about the flush mounting and a hidden door (unless you have the $$$ to splurge). Mount a screen over the FP, and the heat issues are gone.

As for the components, they can by out of the way in closet or simply in the corner of the room. With a projection, you wouldn't have to worry about any wires near the fireplace (which is good because it's more than drywall, you've got the chimney (brick?) to deal with, too.
Even if you go with an LCD or Plasma mounted, remember that you only have to get the picture from the receiver to the TV... 1 cable. Everything else goes out from the receiver, which doesn't NEED to be near the TV... again, it can be tucked in a corner.

If you're worried about the tendency to point the remote at the TV when the cable box is in the far corner, you can get a Universal Remote with a RF-link that with throw the signal from near the FP to your receiver. The One For All 9910 ( ) is one that I like.

The real question is where do you put the speakers? Wink

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update please
by swissbliss / May 28, 2012 9:18 PM PDT

Hi Jibba,

I found your post and realize that it's been a few years, but wondered how you decided to resolve your situation. Did you end up building a shelf near the fireplace for the media components (dvd player, etc)? we have a similar situation and have the cable line already installed above the fireplace (the builder already did this... if we had the choice, we probably would have done it differently), but don't know whether we should mount shelves on the side of the fireplace or just run long cords to the TV and media unit on the floor. I would appreciate an update - thanks!

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