I have been searching and reading articles and forums trying to figure out how to hide the equipment to my tv.
I have a 42" lcd on a low profile wall mount. I want to eliminate putting a shelf or entertainment unit under it on the ground.
I only need to hook up a receiver, dvd player and cable box. I would be using 2 hdmi connections, and some component connections.
There is a closet behind the tv about 2 feet over. Running the wires to the tv from there would be pretty easy.
The end result I am looking for is that the only things I want to see on the tv wall are the tv and the center channel speaker. Should that go above or below the tv. It is kinda deep, so I think below will look nicer. I imagine sound should be good either way. Currently I have two freestanding front speakers that will sit on the ground until I replace them with something that mounts on the wall.
A few things that come up are:
1. If those units are in an enclosed closet, will heat build up become a problem? (I don't watch that much tv yet, but maybe when the tv is on the wall I will.)
2. How can I use the remotes if all the components are hidden. I have seen some components that I can use to change the rf signal to radio to control the dvd, receiver and cable box, but I can't figure out if that will work well or not.
3. worst case, if I have to put shelves under the tv, does anybody know of any good ideas that minimize the look of it, like glass shelves that can support that kind of weight?
4. I can run electrical anywhere I need to so that won't be an issue. But I am trying to keep the equipment close to keep cable connections short.
There is a basement below that I can access the ceiling of below this room and a finished second floor above that I can not access the floor through.
I am not sure if this is enough info to get help, but I really would appreciate it.
I just finished repainting and refinished the wood floors in my living room and can't wait to hang the tv, today or tomorrow.
It is not a dedicated theater room.