At Toronto Home Theater, ask us for our detailed explanation about whether or not you should mount a flat panel. These designs save space, and look nice in magazines, but in real life, mounting a television over a fireplace causes problems:
1) Above the fireplace mounting can shorten the lifespan of your television, especially a plasma TV
2) Fireplace installations force viewers to look up to see the screen – televisions should usually be placed just below eye level, for optimal comfort and picture quality.
One exception to this is wall mounting a TV in a bedroom, where you will be viewing it while laying down. This will ensure optimum viewing pleasure.
There ARE alternatives to mounting a plasma or other television above your fireplace. Our experts at Toronto Home Theater can offer suggestions that will be both attractive and functional.