Can you have a platform built to hold the center in it and place TV on top of it? I did that with oddly enough a Sony I had and with a little care it can look very matched and sleek. Some would prefer the added height of screen aswell.
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Steve designed a custom A/V rack for me that holds my 60" Pioneer plasma on an ariculated mount with a very large Paradigm center speaker directly below and plenty of space for A/V receiver and source components. Mine is in stealth black, but Steve can do natural wood and/or silver aluminum too.
I had the same problem so instead of housing my center speaker inside a platform, I built a 2.5 inch high platform that my Pioneer sits on which raised the screen height just high enough for me to put my center speaker in front of the platform when Im watching a DVD. When Im not watching a DVD, my center speaker sits on the floor behind my left front speaker.