I knew this goofy new stand was going to be a problem the moment I first saw images of it. The stand is as wide as the panel itself, stretching end-to-end, which means you need an AV rack as wide as the panel itself. With any "normal" tv stand, this wouldn't be necessary because the stand is much narrower than the panel itself, so you could have a somewhat shorter AV rack and have the screen overlap, or "hang over", the edges of your rack, and the stans would still be perfectly stable. Instead, this silly design means you need the AV rack to be as long as the panel itself, or you're going to run into the issue that the review talked about.
For me, if I do end up with this panel, I will only be considering the 46" - it's all I have room for, and all I can afford as well. So my AV rack will be just long enough to handle it (hopefully). But since you can't swivel the stand (which is a poor decision, given the very limited viewing angles), I won't even be able to turn the tv stand and angle it a bit if I'm watching it from a different spot in my room, since then the stand would hang over the edge of my AV rack like in the pictures. My rack should be just long enough to hold the stand, with very little room to spare on each side. No room for angling the stand.
This is truly an idiotic design for a tv stand. With Samsung, it's always about aesthetics first, then functionality afterwards. Sure it looks fantastic - but no swivel, and if that wasn't bad enough, the tv stand is so bloody long that it will barely fit your AV rack, if at all. What were they thinking? This stand may very well cause some people to back away form this set - it just won't fit everybody's furniture, and not everybody will be willing to buy an all new AV rack just to accommodate this silly stand.
And they said even if the stand does fit your table, it is still a less rigid design than last year. I really do wonder what the people at Samsung are smoking when they design these things. Everybody at Samsung thought this wouldn't be a problem? Not one person realized that this stand doesn't function so well as a stand? And it's not like you want to take a chance with an expensive set like this. The stand is important. Not everybody wall-mounts. In fact most people probably don't.
Edited by eagle_2 - 3/6/13 at 7:02am