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    Question Seeking advice on TV stand/entertainment center

    I currently have a nice low profile TV stand for my 60" LED, but the major problem is the bottom of the stand is 4 drawers for game storage and whatever else (I was rushed in this purchase and it was a steal for the quality). The drawers are not see-through. The big and obvious issue here is I cannot place consoles, receiver, and center speaker inside that area. They have to be either on top, on a shelf above, or maybe a media rack next to the stand. I am going to explore the option of taking the drawers out to make room for the center speaker at least, but I think the supports are too narrow to fit anything like that in there.

    Does anyone have a good recommendation for a modern glossy black TV stand that has ample shelf space below the TV to fit a CS400i? How do you guys typically set up that center speaker? It's pretty big and you have to really pick the right stand to fit that thing properly. My TV is free-standing (not mounted on the wall or hanger), so it comes pretty low to the TV stand and the CS400 in front of it would block a lot of the picture. Is it even safe to put the TV on top of the CS400? It sounds not safe, haha. I was thinking of mounting a shelf right above the TV for the CS400i. Any thoughts on that? Any links to products you may already be using?

    Ideally, I just want my ps3, xbox, denon and cs400 all to fit under the TV. I prefer a clean, sleek, modern glossy black look. If anyone has anything they are using and loving it, please suggest. Also, I think paying over $500 is just stupid for a TV stand, so I am looking below that price point, but feel free to change my mind if you are using something that's 100% what I am looking for.

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    Welcome to CP.

    Something like this ?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bush-Unive...-Black/6023393
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    Welcome to CP.

    Something like this ?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bush-Unive...-Black/6023393
    That is actually a pretty good suggestion! Thank you for that! I am going to get measurements of the center speaker and see if it will fit in one of those shelves. Looks like it would based on that photo and the sizes of the dvd players etc. Are you using this stand by the way? Any comment on quality and sturdiness?

    The only thing this stand lacks is a solid back with holes in it, so wires are easily managed. And by managed I mean I can just throw them all back there without having to zip tie them all and etc. since the wall masks the mess. :)

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    No, not using that one. I am sure you could fab something that would work quite well, might have to paint black. THey are out there just have to keep looking.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Innovex-Ox...to-65/25507773
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    No, not using that one. I am sure you could fab something that would work quite well, might have to paint black. THey are out there just have to keep looking.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Innovex-Ox...to-65/25507773
    True. I'll have to troll the internet some more tonight. I've looked at dozens of stands so far and as you would expect there is always something missing that makes it less than perfect. I definitely like your fab idea for the back board, but unfortunately I just relocated to a new city and all my tools and places to work on things (like my buddies' garages) are back home, so it makes it difficult to DIY.

    I'll keep looking tonight for more stands. Thanks for the 2 suggestions. I actually like them quite a bit. I have to make sure the CS400i fits in them, however.

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    If you like your current stand is wall mounting the TV an option?
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    Would your TV be too high if you put a riser/shelf over your center?


    Convenience Concepts Designs2Go 2-Tier Swivel TV Stand (total size 23.63W x 15.75D x 9.25H / not sure of the opening size) ..the CS400 measures (18 3/4"W x 14"D x 8 5/8"H) Not 100% sure of the fit???

    http://tvriser.net/convenience-conce...ivel-tv-riser/

    http://www.amazon.com/Convenience-Co...words=TV+riser

    Larger version: Model 151304 XL
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...E3QC/tvrsr-20/

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    I find that center speaker is too low in a stand and prefer to wall mount and put center channel on a stand on the cab and off the wall. Much better center performance....
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    I like my Z-Line Designs TV stand that I got from Target for less than $200. I use it in my secondary system with a 46" Panasonic plasma, a Polk CS400i center (with the front lifted about 1-1/2"), an Onkyo TX-SR805, Sony SACD/CD player, Sony Blu-Ray player and a DirecTV control box all positioned on it. It's the Balboa Park model and is made of steel and glass and has a metal mesh panel at the rear for cable management/hiding.

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    They also have wood and glass ones that look pretty nice:

    http://www.ifurn.com/z-line-designs-...FcYRMwoddn4Asw

    Also:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Z-Line-Desig...item485b9c8044

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLDock View Post
    Would your TV be too high if you put a riser/shelf over your center?


    Convenience Concepts Designs2Go 2-Tier Swivel TV Stand (total size 23.63W x 15.75D x 9.25H / not sure of the opening size) ..the CS400 measures (18 3/4"W x 14"D x 8 5/8"H) Not 100% sure of the fit???

    http://tvriser.net/convenience-conce...ivel-tv-riser/

    http://www.amazon.com/Convenience-Co...words=TV+riser

    Larger version: Model 151304 XL
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...E3QC/tvrsr-20/

    This is an awesome idea! I think this is so far the most budget friendly and effortless solution so far. The wall mount idea sounds great, but I'll still have wires running in the open, so I'm not so sure. This riser solution looks elegant enough.

    They are probably stating dimensions on the outside of the supports, huh? I'd have to really make sure the center fits in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    If you like your current stand is wall mounting the TV an option?
    Wall mounting is definitely an option. There is plenty of wall behind there and it won't be super high. I can move it up high just enough to have room for all my consoles and the center in there. Great idea!

    I am a bit sketched out by wall mounting such a heavy object, however. Can anyone recommend a wall mount they are using? Last thing I would want is for that thing to destroy my wall and my TV as it tears out from all the weight. However, my TV is a 60" LED, so it's not a behemoth in terms of weight, unlike a plasma that size. :) Are you guys just mounting the wall mount to the studs and that's it? I might even get one of those adjustable wall mounts where I can turn the TV toward the kitchen if need be.

    Love this idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igottrades View Post
    Wall mounting is definitely an option. There is plenty of wall behind there and it won't be super high. I can move it up high just enough to have room for all my consoles and the center in there. Great idea!

    I am a bit sketched out by wall mounting such a heavy object, however. Can anyone recommend a wall mount they are using? Last thing I would want is for that thing to destroy my wall and my TV as it tears out from all the weight. However, my TV is a 60" LED, so it's not a behemoth in terms of weight, unlike a plasma that size. :) Are you guys just mounting the wall mount to the studs and that's it? I might even get one of those adjustable wall mounts where I can turn the TV toward the kitchen if need be.

    Love this idea.
    Monoprice is where I got mine. It's pretty heavy duty with cast aluminum arms. Not a bit of sag even fully extended. Think I paid $75 or so.
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    Here's a pic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    Here's a pic...

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    Looks great. Glad it's not even sagging at all. I would be sketched out to see that!

    Are you hanging your 50" plasma on that thing? That must be like 100 lbs or something, correct? My 60" LED should be nothing for that mount in that case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igottrades View Post
    Looks great. Glad it's not even sagging at all. I would be sketched out to see that!

    Are you hanging your 50" plasma on that thing? That must be like 100 lbs or something, correct? My 60" LED should be nothing for that mount in that case.
    Yep, holds my Panny just fine at about 71#. IIRC LED's are considerably lighter.
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    Here's the thread when I did mine....

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...Todays-Project
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    Should I go for the 300 lb max load one to be extra safe? http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_...mat=4#feedback

    There's a 200 lb max one: http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_...mat=4#feedback

    and 132 lb max: http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_...=2#description

    Do you extend yours out? That seems super scary. These go out quite far away from the wall too!

    Saw your link as well. Seems easy enough to do. Looks sturdy!
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    Mine is out 21", no problems. I don't personally think you need a 300# capacity for a 50# display but that's your call...
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    Haha.. yeah, I think 300 is overboard, but it has the best reviews it seems. My 60" LED TV is probably 40-60 lbs so the 132lb will work just fine.

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    As long as you hit studs with the lag bolts you'll be golden. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    As long as you hit studs with the lag bolts you'll be golden. Good luck!
    Speaking of that... I live in a loft and the wall that the TV will potentially be mounted on separates the living room from the bedroom. However, the wall only goes up to "normal" height ceiling and then the rest is just space that goes all the way up to the actual loft ceiling. So this wall is more of a divider, since it doesn't go all the way up to the high ceiling. Do you think that greatly reduces the sturdiness of the wall and the studs, since they do not make contact with anything up top?
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    Quote Originally Posted by igottrades View Post
    Speaking of that... I live in a loft and the wall that the TV will potentially be mounted on separates the living room from the bedroom. However, the wall only goes up to "normal" height ceiling and then the rest is just space that goes all the way up to the actual loft ceiling. So this wall is more of a divider, since it doesn't go all the way up to the high ceiling. Do you think that greatly reduces the sturdiness of the wall and the studs, since they do not make contact with anything up top?
    For 50#, IMO no...
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    I made my own, following this design
    http://www.amazon.com/CSB1206-Bracke...+channel+mount
    the small lip at the front hangs over the front/top edge of the tv, the rubber feet press against the rear of the TV, and are adjustable for getting proper angle

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    I'm looking for the same idea however wall mounting is not really an option. Been looking at a few stands that would hold the tv above the CS400 on the top shelf.

    http://www.plasma.com/tvstands/tpc2127.htm

    http://www.amazon.com/Aviton-Panel-S.../dp/B0041A1PNG

    http://www.bello.com/tp4501.php

    http://www.bello.com/tpc361.php

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    I think I'm going to go with the 150 lb wall mount option from monoprice, since it looks so clean and my low profile TV stand will look really nice underneath. That shelf thing someone had posted above was a close 2nd.
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