Just be sure to mount the TV at a comfortable height. I've seen some that
are too high and make it uncomfortable for viewing more than a few minutes.
The same height as a stand is about right
You can easily make a box to hide the cables running down from the TV. It
can be painted to match the wall or stained to match any furniture under it.
It can be wood, it can be cardboard or metal. Check to see if you can get
an RF remote for your box. I have one with DirecTV and it makes life
simpler. You don't have to point it at the box, you just have to be within
100' or so. The box can even be inside a cabinet.
On Fri, 24 Dec 2010 01:01:17 -0800 (PST), jwcarlton
Though we don't have a wide-screen, we've thought about it.
Since it would go where our bulky entertainment center is now, we
decided we will get rid of the entertainment center.
They weren't made for wide-screens.
It might make a decent tool/parts shed, but it's too bulky even for
that. I always hated that thing, but my wife wanted the shelves to
display curios and other crap.
It easily handled the stereo gear too.
We won't hang the TV on the wall.
Put it on a buffet/credenza deal and frame that on either side with
"matching" curio cabinets.
Stereo gear is going - we just never turn it on anymore.
The buffet/credenza has space for DVD player and other TV gear.
That's one idea anyway.
We don't feel we have to conceal the TV screen.
What's the point? We don't live like James Bond or a nemesis of his.
My 46" is sitting on a wood cabinet that has a swivel top. Tivo,
Blue Ray, Amp, are in
the lower portion. Looks great to me. Got it several years ago at
BestBuy. I would not
want the TV on the wall because sitting on a sofa it's more
comfortable to be viewing it lower.
Our 62" is sitting on a stand made for the purpose. It has room for all
the components needed for home theater and wireless karaoke. 7.1 a/v
amp, cable top box, Blue ray DVD player, etc. All controlled by one
remote control. Big picture w/o good sound system is unthinkable.
Unless it was a very cheesy stereo (no offence meant), why wouldnt you
just plug the audio output of the TV into the aux IN of the TV instead
of using the el-cheapo "stereo" speakers in the TV?
On the other point, our 37" just sticks a bit out of the side of the
older wall unit 'pointing' in the general direction of where we sit.
We decided to do it that way instead of using an extending wall hanger
and have it fit OVER the whole old aperture in the old unit
On Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:31:44 -0800 (PST), myfathersson
The stereo gear is "decent" Sony. Maybe $1500 15 years ago, about
$500 being 5 speakers.
But the carousel CD player went south after a couple years.
And the twin deck cassette reco/play?
What were we thinking?! Never even used that!
Maybe it came as part of the package.
Anyway, we'll keep the amp/radio, which is real good, and 3 small
speakers, so we can have "decent" TV sound.
The 2 big floor speakers are just too - big.
I'll miss the their bass, but sometimes you just compromise.
Our living room is pretty small, and those big speakers don't fit with
what my wife wants. I won't miss them, and somebody else will get
good use from them.
The way to go these days is surround sound. A subwoofer and 5 to 9 small
speakers. I bought a Yamaha receiver that allows me to play the TV on the
downstairs family room and still play CDs on the speakers upstairs. I have
one of those 2 cassette players too, but I've not even hooked it into this
Before you run out and pay a lot of money for HDMI cables, check on Amazon
or ebay. I paid about $4 for mine. from Amazon. Retailers get from $15 to
$60 for them.
The old style armoires appear to be on their way out as entertainment centers
for just the reason you cited - there's no need to have a 24" deep cabinet for a
TV that's only 1" deep. We needed one for a bedroom that had a 24" wall niche
and were able to buy one for $300 that was retailing for $1200.
The popular solution these days is to buy a wall mount. They come in different
flavors ranging from bolt to the wall to full articulating. The articulating
ones remind me too much of a cheap motel room though.
I think I prefer the low cabinet with a center mast that hides the cables up to
a TV mount.
The one we have has a 13" deep TV bay with a shelf extending out over
a deeper base unit. I built my own articulating bracket that fastens
to the side of the bay and gives me 90 degrees of rotation so we can
see the TV from the other room. I did do a little geometry trick so it
also extends out far enough to clear the cabinet while out and
nesting, centered over the hole, retracted. The hole in back is a good
place to set the net connected computer that will be the front end of
any 21st century TV. The wireless desktop works fine from my recliner.
All the comments are re: wall mounts of "big-ass" TVs.
That's not an option for my modest 32" bedroom Panasonic flat screen,
because it's on a wheeled stand that backs up to a window.
I am worried, however, about it falling down in an earthquake (I am in
So Cal). The stand that comes with the TV seems so flimsy that a
good jolt would knock it over.
How can I secure the TV, short of running guy wires to all 4 corners
of the stand <g>?
At least some of the TVs come with a tether that can be attached to the back
and then to the stand to prevent it tipping forward. I'd consider something
like that as opposed to attaching to the wall since it is on a mobile stand.
I can visualize a cable from the TV clipped to a window rod and someone
wanting to clean and moves the mobile base away, leaving the TV to dangle.
That would hurt!
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