So, I am somewhat optimistic that I might be able to buy a nice new Pioneer plasma soon, probably of the 50" variety. I also have a carpenter friend who is quite handy at building entertainment centers, etc. So, the plan is to have him build a custom entertainment center for me. I am trying to come up with an arrangement which is usable, attractive and baby-proof. Obviously, it probably won't achieve all three perfectly. I would appreciate anyone's advice. My 1 year-old is quite fond of touching the components now, and is just starting to touch the television itself, which is fine for an old CRT, but not for a nice new plasma with a shiny bezel.
Here are the main parameters:
- Corner placement (not ideal, of course, but it is a living room, not a dedicated theater, and there is no other real option in this room).
- Plaster walls (The corner placement already has me doubting wall-mounting as a real option, but the challenge of finding studs in plaster has me even more concerned)
- Two floor-standing speakers (Athena AS-F1.2s), one center-channel speaker (AS-C1.2) and a subwoofer (AS--P400) in the front (right now the center channel sits on top of the CRT, but I assume it will need to either below the plasma or creatively mounted)
Some of my main questions would be:
- What is a good height that will generally avoid kids touching the screen, without being excessively high? (I'm not one who likes the above-the-fireplace sort of mount, etc.)
- How would you recommend mounting the screen? Normal stand? Some sort of specialty stand? Cantilever wall-mount? Some sort of mount/stand built-in to the custom cabinet? Something else?
- Any other general tips for trying to design a custom cabinet (both general and specific to this situation)...
Thanks in advance for any advice.