Currently trying to fit things into a non-dedicated HT and realizing that there will be some tradeoffs in wall space. Due to ceiling sound proofing I only have 91.5" from finished ceiling to unfinished slab, and ~72" between finished ceiling and the top of the electrical outlets on the main wall where the projector screen will go.
I'd thought that there would be plenty of room for center channel (CC) speaker and screen on that wall, but it's not that easy. The hang-on-wall screen I'm looking at is 66.7" high, and the speaker grille (Polk 255c-LS) is 9 5/16"...which implies that I have only a few options:
1. Put the speaker up above the screen, and let the screen overlap electrical outlets (and be so close to the floor that anyone who moves will interrupt the projector beam).
2. Put the speaker below the screen, and have the CC so low that folks in the front may affect sound for anyone sitting/standing further back (the room is ~19' wide and > 40' long.)
3. Try to build some sort of angled box to hold the speaker at a 45 degree angle above the screen.
4. Use some other screen, possibly entirely DIY or a much more expensive Acoustically Transparent (AT) screen.
I really would prefer to stick with the screen I'd picked, since it seems to be a very good fit in features and price (<$700 for a 120" diagonal 16x9 with built-in masks for 2.39:1) for what I was seeking. An AT screen might be a good compromise, but could be expected to have at least some effect on acoustic quality and picture quality.
If I could find a Polk center channel of similar quality to the LSi series that was <5" tall that would be wonderful...but I don't see any. Right now I'm actually considering trying to build a box and angle the center channel down...so I'm looking for any suggestions as to how bad an idea that would be, or any alternatives I've not considered sufficiently, or really any related thoughts. Thanks.
EDIT: fix typo.