I was under the impression that ideally the center channel speaker should be placed right below the TV. My opinion was probably subconsciously obtained from seeing that configuration in most photos.
I am not ready to get a center channel speaker yet, but right now I am about to mount my flat screen TV on the wall. I need to decide whether to leave room below it for a center channel speaker. However, I don't like craning my neck to look up at the screen and want to keep the bottom third of the TV at eye level. This does not leave much room for a center speaker between the TV and the top of the component table.
Since I have a fairly high ceiling (9.5 ft) I am thinking that it will be feasible (when the time comes) to mount the center above the TV.
What are the cons to having the center above the TV?
I can think of:
- Ceiling reflections.
- Can't use VP180 (but on-wall VP150 would be great).
Of course, much depends on your set-up, the room itself and the flexibility of how you can place your equipment, however, several times over the years I have experimented with the very question you are asking and I can say unequivocally that regardless of speaker size or type(and I have tried many), placed directly above the monitor AND tilted towards the listening position, for me, always sounded better than below the screen.