1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Poll: TV above mantelpiece or not?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by Yaayuh!, 30 Mar 2020.


Should I put the new TV above the mantelpiece?

  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
  2. No

    138 vote(s)
  1. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 51,837

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Only put it above the mantlepiece if you have a corner sofa
  2. whitecrook


    Joined: 22 Aug 2005

    Posts: 8,393

    Location: Clydebank

    it looks like there's a fireplace in the way of your av/sound system. if you weren't gonna use the fire why not just put the tv in front of the fireplace
  3. Wzd


    Joined: 26 Feb 2004

    Posts: 933

    Location: London

    TV only goes above the mantelpiece if you're going to be watching The Chase nonstop
  4. -Ad-


    Joined: 4 Nov 2004

    Posts: 13,815

    Location: Aberdeen

    Looking good.

    A tip from me, lay your L&R speakers down on their side, it will not only look more cohesive but should sound a bit better as the drivers/tweeters will all be on the same plane.
  5. Pigeon_Killer


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

    Posts: 34,494

    Location: Tier 4

    I'm going through the same dilemma at the moment so it's helpful to see it mounted.

    My mantle is around the same height but far wider, and looks horrific, so I'm thinking about either ripping it out and getting a more modern mantle installed or building a fake TV wall around it.
  6. Yaayuh!


    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 21,179

    There’s a hearth and it’ll look worse than it does now. Also, I’ve just become a father, there’s something to be said about keeping it all up and out the way! :p

    Never watched it :p

    Thanks :)

    Though I’ll trust the design as intended orientation. Especially given the beautiful soundstage of the Elac’s.

    If you don’t use the fireplace nor want to keep it for aesthetics/resale, then gut it out, fill it in, get rid and it’ll be far better IMO.
  7. krooton


    Joined: 9 May 2004

    Posts: 27,004

    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    I would have had the TV lower meeting the mantle, and have the centre speaker above angled down slightly, but that isn't too bad.
  8. aoaaron


    Joined: 19 May 2012

    Posts: 3,232

    Its so difficult because fireplaces are beautiful, really centre rooms, have a very strong traditional architectural feel to them and add so much character.
    On the otherhand a TV is the total opposite. Its an ugly black slab of technology which forces seating and furniture to be in horrible unsociable positions pointed towards it and eats up wall space.
    Ontop of a nice fireplace (say traditional one with open exposed brick) it will make it look horrible. Against modern electric one it will look a bit better.... but loses impact re: architectural beauty.

    I have been toying with the idea of ceiling recessed projector screen above a fireplace. Therefore when in use, the PJ screen is up and running, when its not, its up in the ceiling and the room looks as if there is no TV/PJ there.

    Even this has an issue (the projector) but i think aesthetically it looks much much better than a TV. trade off is contrast/blacks, on/off time. advantage is it doesn't overtake the room at all when not in use and its gigantic when in use