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As long as the screen on top of the fireplace is at a comfortable viewing height then you will be ok.  If you find that you are looking up then it could become tiring.  I would assume you had thought of that , knowing how careful you normally are with these things  Smile  So I would say go with the screen above fireplace 1st and go with TV as a second option.

Also having a bigger screen helps create that bigger sound stage.  

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I mean the motorized screen can be installed on the ceiling above the fireplace, which can drop down in front of the fireplace when in use.

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Well then, I think you have it sorted BB  Smile

 

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bigboss wrote:

I mean the motorized screen can be installed on the ceiling above the fireplace, which can drop down in front of the fireplace when in use.

Hi BB

Would that work with the heat from the fire?

BTW I have a projector in my main room and can only sensibly use it with the curtains pulled as it looks washed out with any light falling on the screen area.  If you find a solution to the ambient light issue I would be interested to hear.

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We normally don't use the fireplace at all. Is your screen white or a high gain one?

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that plan look nice and we can go for it.

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Like BB, I've got a detached double garage that's ripe for a home cinema. 

But thankfully I thought better of it (it's 30+ yards away) Putting a coat on to walk to it in the winter didn't appeal

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Copy pasting a couple of my posts from another thread to here, due to relevance of it: 

bigboss wrote:

Back from the demo. I compared Sony HW55 and Epson 9200W on a Draper ReAct screen.

I was astounded by the crystal clear blu ray and HD channel quality, and a perfectly watchable SD (including Gold, which I think can struggle with decent SD images)! I can easily see using a projector exclusively for all TV viewing.  Smile

Epson is a bit brighter, and struggles with blacks and motion. Sony was superb in both these departments! I did not test JVC as it isn't bright enough for TV viewing in a bright room. And I did not test 3D.

I'm more or less decided on the Sony, the HW40 which on paper, will offer similar performance as the HW55 at a much lower price. I don't see much sense in spending more than that, with 4K round the corner (that's what I would recommend to Duaplex as well).

Have some practical issues though. Where will the centre speaker go (as the projector screen will be installed above the fireplace)? ReAct isn't acoustically transparent. Draper does make an acoustically transparent version, but that's 3 times the cost.

What about ceiling speakers for centre? Anyone tried it?

bigboss wrote:

I think I've found the  perfect compromise!  :clap:

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Awesome feedback!

I may just do that and drop back in the projector price bracket and add a Lumagen video processor.  It's so hard to make a decision on these things! 

Not tried ceiling speakers for fronts, but I do like the look of the Ci Series you showed above.  As long as the speaker is aimed at you I cant really see a problem with the performance.  

We have seen people mount center speakers above TV's and projectors before and point them down, I can only imagine these purpose buit speakers would sound better as they are designed for that reason.

Another demo maybe Smile

 

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Thanks for your comment on motorised ceiling speakers. I'm hoping the same too. My current system has centre speaker positioned above the TV, near the ceiling. And it sounds great!

I'm not sure if anyone even offers demo of ceiling speakers. Paucity of reviews makes the decision even harder!  :?

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bigboss wrote:

Thanks for your comment on motorised ceiling speakers. I'm hoping the same too. My current system has centre speaker positioned above the TV, near the ceiling. And it sounds great!

I'm not sure if anyone even offers demo of ceiling speakers. Paucity of reviews makes the decision even harder!  :?

 

well you heard inceiling speakers here albeit good ones and i think you would have like them if I could have played at realistic sound levels, you might want to pop back on your own so you can have a proper listen Smile

 

glad you like the Sony ReAct combination as well, theirs really nothing better

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Xanderzdad wrote:

bigboss wrote:

I mean the motorized screen can be installed on the ceiling above the fireplace, which can drop down in front of the fireplace when in use.

 

BTW I have a projector in my main room and can only sensibly use it with the curtains pulled as it looks washed out with any light falling on the screen area.  If you find a solution to the ambient light issue I would be interested to hear.

 

their is a solution and a very good one to your problem

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ideal av wrote:

bigboss wrote:

Thanks for your comment on motorised ceiling speakers. I'm hoping the same too. My current system has centre speaker positioned above the TV, near the ceiling. And it sounds great!

I'm not sure if anyone even offers demo of ceiling speakers. Paucity of reviews makes the decision even harder!  :?

 

well you heard inceiling speakers here albeit good ones and i think you would have like them if I could have played at realistic sound levels, you might want to pop back on your own so you can have a proper listen Smile

 

glad you like the Sony ReAct combination as well, theirs really nothing better

Thanks Allan!  :cheers:

Is there any way to make regular ceiling speakers being controlled by a motorized mechanism, so that they point towards the listener? 

I will be interested to know your thoughts on HW40 when it arrives.

I'll come over for the sound demo soon. Our 5-month old would not have appreciated the sound demo yesterday! :grin:  

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BTW I have a projector in my main room and can only sensibly use it with the curtains pulled as it looks washed out with any light falling on the screen area.  If you find a solution to the ambient light issue I would be interested to hear.

I checked ReAct 2.1 screen which looked superb even under brightest halogen lights and window open. You should demo it.

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bigboss wrote:

Thanks for your comment on motorised ceiling speakers. I'm hoping the same too. My current system has centre speaker positioned above the TV, near the ceiling. And it sounds great!

I'm not sure if anyone even offers demo of ceiling speakers. Paucity of reviews makes the decision even harder!  :?

BB, Bang and Olufsen shops sometimes have in ceiling speakers on demo. They have motorised models similar to the ones you linked to, too. 

 

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