Equipment Rack Between Speakers...Good or Bad

This question came up in another current thread and I thought it would be more appropriate to start a new thread to address it. My rack is between my speakers. In the past I have tried it off to the side and didn't notice any sonic advantage. I have seen in in the past that there are some strong feelings on this subject, and I am interested in hearing what everyone has to say.
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My friend has an old 27" tube TV 2’ behind between his two way stand mounted monitors. His room is a mess. However, the sound is exquisite. Superb imaging and sound from his custom built tube system (he is a cable manufacturer).

I am happy to know that the floor support is more important.  My floors are 3000 psi, 12" thick, 1/2" rebar reinforced poured concrete.

As to my system location, I have found that analog; in particular, is negatively impacted (as is anything) that I place between my speakers. I had to put my dual metal stands on one side wall, several feet in front of the left speaker. The stands are welded with a 50/50 shot/sand mix and when struck, sound dead (without the fill, they have a ring to them). The VPI VI is mounted on a 1 3/8" HDF platform resting on a Townsend Sink. Behind the stands are a pair of Acoustic Fields large 3" deep absorption panels, so nothing bounces off the cherry plywood walls. There are SR HFTs at the mid-point between the seat and speakers. I can’t do any better with this room but definitely, the side location works compared to the behind the speakers location.
Never a good thing it will kill your center image. I’ve been through hell and back trying to solve this same issue without spending thousands on longer cables to position the rack to the side. I’ve found by using a low profile rack can help, but not 100 percent solve the issue.
I find having the speakers out further in the room typically makes more of a difference than a rack centered between the speakers.  For me I typically have the equipment rack near the wall and the speakers 3-4 ' out from the wall, but I have had to have the speaker close to the wall and have messed with a vertical rack between and then offsetting the rack on a side wall.  I didn't hear much of a difference.

I do feel removing a TV is a different story.   Placing a TV between speakers is less than ideal.  I think it is best to mount the TV on the wall and again, pull the speakers out giving them air to breath without immediate  interruption.