Chocolate brown doesn't work for me so I was curious about seeing the Java in person. I had spoken with a Sanus rep on the phone before I went out to CES and she characterized it as black which I thought was odd since I believe they refer to the color as "espresso". I looked at it carefully at CES. At first glance I thought it was black but looking carefully I can definitely see brown in there. I think espresso is probably as good a description as it gets.
I may have screwed up on the pricing. I had seen it listed on www.racksandstands.com
but it appears as though I was looking at the smaller unit. The larger one, which is the one I assume you are interested in, is $950 as you mentioned.
Joel I don't know if the size works for you but we did see gorgeous A/V furniture from a company called Mizzico Furniture. Their website is www.mizzico.com.
Take a look at their living room credenza. I thought the quality was outstanding - far better than the Salamander Designs. I have absolutely no idea what the pricing is like. Probably in the stratosphere but worth investigating. Very substantial stuff.