I have a large flat panel Plasma TV over the fireplace and the current wall mounted center speaker (7"H) is partially blocked by the bottom of the TV so only about 1/2 the speaker is exposed. The distance from the mantle to the bottom of the TV is 5"H. In addition the bottom grill is flush with the 6" D fire place mantle. This configuration I believe is the cause of my center speaker dialog being muddled and difficult to understand with soft voices. Technically I believe the geometry of the speaker placement exit is altering the speakers exit impediance and in addition there are reflections off the mandle ledge and bottom of the TV.
My proposed solution is to purchas a TL3 (if they are ever in stock) or TL2 center speaker sound bar. I could set this on the mantle or mount it inside the wall just like the current large speaker. (It will fit with no struts present)
Here are my questions:
1) Do you think the single channel speaker bar is a good solution?
2) Do you think mounting flush inside the wall is a good idea? If so, where can I get a long narrow grill to put over the dry wall?
3) What if I used a multi-speaker sound bar and looped the signal through the TV so all channels would be present from the sound bar as well as my existing surrond sound 5-speaker system (with the old center deactivated)?
4) Do you have any other suggestions to fix this problem with the center speaker dialog?