Returning to the WAF for one more sec. I have a center speaker that sticks out about 18,5 cm's (or 7.3 inches) and my girlfriend doesn't mind at all, though to be honoust, it is oval shaped and very slim in all other ways. Just to repeat some notes from above: nobody buys Harbeth as a design conscious decision. I wouldn't mind putting it on a shelf, or better a wallmount, above my flatscreen. Just don't make it too high, and preferably only one woofer (i don't like d'appolito as my center speaker will always be quite a distance under, or above my tv and vertical off-axis is not good like Garmt has mentioned).