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#400467 - 01/29/14 03:53 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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Registered: 09/07/11
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After much reading on the content mix of the center channel in movies, I found that the prevailing wisdom is that the center channel now handles 75% or so of the soundtrack vice just dialogue from a few years ago. Therefore, I just purchased a VP160 from the Refurb Store to get more performance there.

I intend to sit my Sony 55" LCD on top of it & use it as a pedestal for it. I see from a few pics that the top of the VP160 is slanted down slightly from front to back that might cause a problem as the TV does not tilt - only swivels. Therefore shimming the base of the TV may be required to make it vertical again.

If there are any 160 owners out there where it is out in the open, could you measure the difference of the height between the front & the back? It looks like about 3/4" to me in the pics.

Does anything ever go without a hitch? I could have sworn that the TV tilted but I guess that it doesn't.

Thanks...

TAM

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#400470 - 01/29/14 06:27 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
I'd shim the back of the speaker rather than the back of the TV. Very eager to see how this works out for you.
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#400472 - 01/29/14 06:41 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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I was considering this but I was wondering if the slight downward tilt of the speaker would be detrimental in any way.

Interestingly, the VP160 has kind of a built in shim system - the supplied rubber feet that screw into the threaded holes on the bottom. Just using 2 of them on the back with none on the front might work.

I really should break down & buy a new stand but my present Sony unit that came with my previous TV is built like a tank and weighs and costs about as much...

TAM

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#400474 - 01/29/14 07:23 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
tomtuttle Offline
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Well, isn't ONE of the VP160 sides at a 90 degree angle to the front? i.e. if you shim the top flat, won't the front be plumb? That's how my VP100 was.

I know, it would probably SOUND better with a bit of an upward tilt (as designed), but it might be an acceptable compromise to get all the pieces to fit together.

I was actually considering buying an in-cabinet VP180 so that the top and bottom would be square and make it easier to use as a stand. Axiom seems to finish the in-cabinet version box with some decent-looking black melamine (or such).

But I'm not spending money on that stuff right now.
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#400475 - 01/29/14 07:29 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
tomtuttle Offline
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Just to clarify, I believe all the center channel cabinets are asymmetrical, whereas the speakers designed to be placed vertically are not.
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#400476 - 01/29/14 08:33 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
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I have the VP100 sitting on its top & tilted upwards because it is down near the floor. The VP100 doesn't care because its driver complement is the same both ways.

The VP160 shouldn't be flipped over because of the orientation of the middle 2 drivers; however, one can special order it to do that - to be tilted upwards.

From the pics that I've seen, the normal VP160 is flat (horizontal) on the bottom but the top is sloped down slightly from the front baffle down to the back. I'd just like to know the angle of the slope so I can plan my shimming...

TAM

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#400478 - 01/29/14 09:01 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
Socketman Offline
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Registered: 07/12/09
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What is the depth of the base of the tv stand. You may be able to cut a piece of wood and stand it up behind the vp 160 to hold up the rear of the tv with the front edge of the stand resting on the vp 160.
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#400479 - 01/29/14 10:11 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: Socketman]
Mad_Chesser Offline
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Registered: 01/11/13
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I just recently purchased a vp160. I have my tv sitting on it.

Originally, I took the front feet off the vp160. This let the tv stand almost perfectly straight as needed...BUT...the trade off was now the center channel fired slight downwards. Hardly ideal. I want the tweeters to point to,the general height/area that my m80s tweeters point to.

I cut a piece of styrofoam from the top pack in the shipping box that was the length of my t.v., then trimmed its width to roughly about 3 inches. It sits concealed flush with the edge of the tv base and back of vp160. The TV is perfectlt aligned and the vp160 is in perfect placement.

And I'm loving it so much by the way!
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#400480 - 01/29/14 10:19 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
exlabdriver Offline
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OK. Sounds good. Thanks guys.

I didn't really think that I needed a 160, but at basically half price for a new, factory fresh unit with minor cosmetic issues, I couldn't resist, ha!!

TAM

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#400481 - 01/29/14 10:19 PM Re: TV on VP160? [Re: sedimin]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8290
Loc: Tacoma
Jeez, Tom, sorry. I'm a numbskull. I'm so used to the other center channel speakers that I totally overlooked the fact that you can't just flip the VP160 over. Good thing I'm not working with anything hazardous today.
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