Getting better center fill with a television

October 7, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

15 comments on “Getting better center fill with a television”

  1. I’m not quite certain that the person asking the question about a TV between speakers was referring to the visual effect. Maybe he was suggesting that the TV’s built in speakers could be used as center speaker strictly for audio effect. Is that possible?

  2. if you are using the room for 2 channel audio and you need to have a television, would going with a projector screen instead be less acoustically reflective?

    1. I’ve tried that as well but mixing inferior speakers with great ones just brings the sound quality down. I suppose this is a general principle. If you have something that is really good and add to it something that is bad, all you’ve accomplished is to bring the entire system down to a lower level.

  3. I have a 65 inch TV mounted on the wall between my speakers. My room does double or triple duty at times so I have to live with it. If I had it my way all of that stuff would go along with the equipment cabinet that occupies space there also. I don’t use the surround sound setup that is also hooked up to my system but it is there just to make my wife happy. I would love to hear my system without all the extras but oh well.

  4. I have a really pretty tapestry that I use to cover the entire big screen surface when I’m listening to music. It gives me a nice visual to concentrate on, and probably helps some as room treatment.

  5. My family room doubles as a sound room and home theater 5.3 system. The room somewhat dictates where stereo equipment and TV goes. The TV is about 2 feet in front of the front wall, on a TV stand and because of this, the main 2 channel speakers are brought out about 4 from the front wall, about 2 feet lateral to the sides of the TV. The TV and it’s less than desirable speakers can be run independently, or by home theater. (The center channel speakers are under the TV.) I think the most important thing is the main speakers must be significantly forward of the TV. I find no significant issues with the center imaging.

  6. This depends on what he was talking about.
    A. If multichannel cinematic type sound sure but not the speakers in the TV. In those cases there would be a center channel speaker doing the dialogue channel and somewhat phantom.
    B. If to channel listening certainly not.
    I’ll let mine do basically a screen scroll of pretty pictures when listening to channel audio.

  7. This depends on what he was talking about.
    A. If multichannel cinematic type sound sure but not the speakers in the TV. In those cases there would be a center channel speaker doing the dialogue channel and somewhat phantom.
    B. If two channel listening certainly not.
    I’ll let mine do basically a screen scroll of pretty pictures when listening to two channel audio, or it’s off.

  8. I know many who have placed a large flat screen between their high-end speakers. This is probably due to the space and family peace. If I understand Paul correctly, it is better to hang a picture right between the speakers. I think it might be even better if the flat screen could be folded behind a foldable diffuser similar to a shutter. But I haven’t found anything nice and suitable for the living room on the internet so I’ll have to look a little further. Does anyone here have any better ideas?

  9. There’s no moving image if you turn off the TV and if you’re not sitting in the sweet spot than it’s a moot point. I do agree the TV should be close to the wall so it acts like a wall. Of course if you’re watching a movie and playing the sound through your audio system you do want your TV somewhere in the middle between the speaker’s like you’re sitting in a movie theater. How many movie theaters have the screen on the side wall with the sound system on the front wall?

  10. It boggles my mind that everyone (including me, BTW) grapples with an imaginary center image when the technology exists to have an actual, functioning center image.

  11. I have a separate room for my AV gear, with nearfield loudspeakers either
    side of my head…kinda like large, open-backed headphones.
    The sound moves from left to right & vice-versa, as it should, with great aural detail.
    Basic, but very functional.
    And when there’s sound supposed to be coming from the centre, it does, right at my headspace.

  12. My initial question actually referred to a 2-channel hi-fi stereo system, not an AV system. But as life goes, you have to make compromises somewhere for reasons of space and appearance. I think that’s how it is for a lot of hi-fi enthusiasts. The only question is what technical and visual improvements are there to improve the existing situation? and I come to the conclusion that it should be a diffuser that you can add or remove as needed. It’s not that easy because I can’t do magic yet 🙂

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