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#352366 - 07/24/11 11:51 PM Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180
rjxox Offline
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Hi everyone,

Recently purchased a home theatre system the Epic 80 with VP 180 for centre channel. we just puchased an acreage and im having problems figuring out how to mount the centre channel and the tv. We have a 53" plasma. I would like to mount the tv and the centre above the mantle for the fireplace but im thinking the vp180 is too large. We are willing to change the mantle around if needed. I apologize that i do not know how to post pictures but you can see the fireplace here. http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyPhotos.aspx?propertyID=10929674&PhotoNum=34

To the right of the window is the kitchen so we can not mount the tv there. I suggested to my wife we mount the tv in front of the window but of course she says no. If we mount the tv on the wall to left of the fireplace i will get too much reflection from the large window. Should i just buy a smaller centre?

Thx for the help

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#352368 - 07/24/11 11:58 PM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: rjxox]
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You do know how deep the VP180 is, right? The thing is HUGE. And most of the weight is on the front; you don't want to support that with a mantle sitting on top of 4 inches of brick or whatever.
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#352369 - 07/25/11 12:01 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: rjxox]
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Nice looking yard! Why not use the basement? If the basement is off limits I vote for putting the tv in front of the window and just close the window up with heavy curtains when in use. Maybe you can convince the wife?
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#352370 - 07/25/11 12:22 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: terzaghi]
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Originally Posted By: Ken.C
You do know how deep the VP180 is, right? The thing is HUGE. And most of the weight is on the front; you don't want to support that with a mantle sitting on top of 4 inches of brick or whatever.


Yes i have one now. I was thinking i would need a special mount. Perhaps use the Vp180 as the mantle lol.

Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Nice looking yard! Why not use the basement? If the basement is off limits I vote for putting the tv in front of the window and just close the window up with heavy curtains when in use. Maybe you can convince the wife?


My thought was the basement as well. Just after renovations the living room will be huge and seems like a waste if we do not set up the home theatre in it as well. In front of the window seems like the best place to me but perhaps the wife is right. It may appear ugly.

Thank both of you for the quick reply.

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#352371 - 07/25/11 12:52 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: rjxox]
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I was actually thinking that maybe you could put up a shelf with sturdy supports to hold it up. Not sure where it would go, but there we are...
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#352380 - 07/25/11 06:49 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: Ken.C]
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You're going to get neck strain looking at the TV high above the fireplace like that!
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#352382 - 07/25/11 07:00 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Is that a gas fireplace or real log burning? Maybe you could mount the speaker below the mantel somehow. Possibly anchor it into the bricks or whatever is behind the bricks? It is very heavy as you know.

Another option is to someday as money allows, put togethor a smaller home theater upstairs using bookshelfs and use the 180 downstairs.
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#352384 - 07/25/11 07:57 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: SirQuack]
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I second the idea of not mounting it on the fireplace. I visited someone that had one mounted like this and I never want to go back there again.

If you don't have a stand for the VP180 to mount under the tv, then I would revert back to a VP150. I'm using an in/on wall VP150 with good results. I would use the On wall version, if I couldn't mount it in the wall, like I have it.

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#352388 - 07/25/11 08:48 AM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
If you don't have a stand for the VP180 to mount under the tv, then I would revert back to a VP150.

Or maybe just use a phantom center (no speaker at all).

I don't see a VP180 working if the TV is going on the fireplace.
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#352400 - 07/25/11 12:26 PM Re: Trouble deciding on layout due to VP180 [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
I visited someone that had one mounted like this and I never want to go back there again.

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