Well I just moved in to a new place to start school and finally got everything up together, including my spanking new Denon AVR 2112CI that I just finished configuring for AirPlay.
Since I'm still in school, my furniture isn't high end. I compromised by using an attractive IKEA bench (TOBO - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20117674
) to house my HT system. One thing I didn't like was the legs that came with the TV unit so I instead opted to buy some brushed steel legs (CAPITA http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...538#/20054563/
). It made the bench lower and slicker IMO. The other thing I didn't like was the cheap/flimsy back panel.
Since I'm going to be running alot of electronics (i.e. hot), I wanted something that could ventilate easily while allowing me to mount all my unsightly wires/power strip/power bricks. I figured that a pegboard was the best of both worlds, and I bought mine at Home Depot and got them to cut it to size after doing a measurement at home of the unit beforehand. A couple of zip ties and nails later and the back panel was done.
For my speakers, which are Paradigm Titan V6 Monitors, I wanted them to be flush with the bench and not stick out like a sore thumb. Since the TV unit didn't come with any speaker stands, I decided to build some to match them. I bought the EKBY HEMNES shelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50178779
) and cut them into 2 measured pieces that would fit my speaker fully (I had a 3rd middle piece of the board that was scraps). All I had to do was then add 4 CAPITA legs to each stand and I was done with my system.
For my TV mount I went to Monoprice and order the Super Slim Flat Panel, which for my budget, came out to an attractive $25 with shipping. Wiring hiding in an apartment is tough, especially when I really wanted to cut into the drywall. After much deliberation, I decided on simply using a wire hider like this one (http://www.amazon.com/Wiremold-C210-...3271177&sr=8-1
) from Amazon. It requires screwing, but other than that, works well. I painted the cover to match the wall and mounted it directly center underneath the mount.
So what's my next project? Well, the TV unit does come with sliding doors but I'm not a fan of tealish/green glass. Down the road I'll probably either find a way to tint the glass or order online black glass pre-cut to the dimensions of the doors. For now though, I'm quite content with the currently finished product.
- Samsung LN46C600 46" LCD 1080p
- Denon 2112CI A/V Receiver
- Cisco E4200 Dual-Band Wireless N Router
- Xbox 360
- Sony BDP350 Blu-Ray Player
- Paradigm Titan Monitors v6
- Elemental Designs A2-300 Subwoofer
Hope you guys enjoy and if you guys have any other questions to help out with your setup, lemme know.