Ok. The big Digm 390 center channel speaker is a done deal. Should be here by the end of next week. It's of course a mammoth 39"x14"x8.5"H. Now the preliminary setup will place it on a 45"Lx17"Wx30"H sofa table. The center speaker on top of the table should only be a 1/2" too tall. Not a problem, I'll elevate the TV(SamDLP) with 1/2" piece of plywood or something. The center speaker will stick out the 14" from the screen, therefore creating the situation.
I would prefer a uniform stage for the L-C-R and TV. I'm thinking of trying to build a simple table with a couple of shelves underneath. TV on the table top. Center on the top shelf. Receiver, Sat box, etc. on the bottom shelf. The shelves would be fairly open. Kinda like this; (http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/DSC01295.jpg), but on a slightly grander scale to accommodate the size difference. Note the open back and smaller openings on the sides.
What are some thoughts about the idea? Would that type of opened style design help keep the sound as natural as possible? Perhaps you have a better idea. Or maybe just ways to minimize the I'll effects of closing a speaker in some?