Finally got a stand, well at least it's ordered. Lemme tell you, this is one big monkey I'm glad to finally have off my back.
In the end I was able to customize a Salamander system that will do everything I wanted it to do, and then some. Apparently this isn't a common solution, perhaps since it ended up being fairly long at 86 inches? The Sony's KDF-55XS955 is 62 inches wide so there is a bit of unnecessary lenght there. I can't post any pics but I can describe what I've done.
I started with an SVDO unit in the center and I'm putting a single S20 on either side. Cherry finish, perforated steel sides on the S20's and perforated steel doors as well. The perfortated steel is genious for keeping components cool and out of sight. I was concerned about the appearance, until I saw in action. Works for me.
I would have vastly preferred just getting the triple 20 but my CC is too big to fit into the opening of a single 20 without pushing it back behind the posts. Really would prefer to not have to deal with edge refraction, much less whatever passing through a perforated steel door would do (acoustic or not!). But using the SVDO gives my CC all kinds of room as well as some additional space to bump up the WAF with some simple decorating.
Cost is something of an issue, since it ended up being about 14 hunnert and lord only knows how long it's going to take to arrive. *rant starts ahora mismo* I don't think this is the perfect solution, especially given the cost, but after hours of scouring stores and the internet it was the only real solution that presented itself. I think furniture makers are missing out on an opportunity since these types of widescreen tabletop televisions are becoming the norm, as is at least a basic HT experience. I've seen some very cost effecient and beautiful pieces. Ethan Allan for example has some incredible tables but what they all have in common is a lack of space for a CC speaker that isn't pint size. Ethan Allan, The Pottery Barn, et. al., aren't HT companies so I can understand their lack of understanding. What really burns me is the companies like Sanus and Salamander that I'd think would know better, but still haven't quite got it figured out yet. Sure, I eventually came up with an idea that works but criminy even the shops where salamander was on display can't fit a center channel in. There's something wrong with that.*end rant*
Good luck and happy hunting
jc (finally lets out a deep sigh)