Originally Posted by BoogerBomb
My Roku 2 is sitting on the stand all cockeyed. Pisses me off but not enough to do something about it lol. Does kinda make me wonder if I like the small things better or prefer something a bit more substantial.
A lot of things are like that.
Certain devices need a bit of substance and don't need to be tiny. AV components are in the list of things that really don't need to be since they aren't intended to be portable. Sure, being small let's you hide them for that minimalist look, but the power cables are always the gotcha unless you run a line to the hiding spot for them. It's all well and good to stick your stuff on the back side of TV you hang on a wall (then use RF and Bluetooth to control them) until you have to plug everything in - "wall warts" included. Then there's the occasion when you want to plug in a flash drive full of photos or videos...
Then you have to deal with game systems in all kinds of shapes.
Even traditional DVD and Blu-ray players are getting smaller footprints, making things harder to stack (my region free DVD player sits on top of my BD player on top of little spacers for airflow, for example). The old BD player was much larger, hence the reason it was on the bottom. The new one is the same smaller size of the DVD player, so it wasn't a big deal to put it in the old spot.
Having said that, the bluetooth remote for the Ruko means it doesn't need line of sight, so it can be put anywhere, including sticking it to the back of the TV. I just wonder how many people choose an option like that verses letting it sit oddly in the TV stand...
In my case, the TV sits on a pedestal, and that creates a gap below the screen cabinet on either side of it just high enough for the Roku to tuck under it, which holds it down. Otherwise, I'd likely clamp it to the underside of the cabinet top (in other words, to the "ceiling" of the equipment area), way in back and out of sight.
I like things neat and organized. I even use cables with color coded jackets to easily find what is going where if I have to replace a component or move something. Of course, at work we use a unique code number for every single audio, video, network and other connection you can look up in the system to see where it goes, which may thousands of feet of cable away in a different building. I'm not quite needing to do that with my stuff.... Edited by NetworkTV - 12/16/12 at 7:32am