I would wall mount either TV, so the stand doesn't really bother me.
The stand makes the A1E stick off the wall more than the C7, but I don't mind that because of my living room configuration. My boss is avoiding the A1E because he didn't want the extra almost 2" (1.7") it sticks off the wall. It's probably not a thing he would've noticed, but he couldn't get over the thought of it. He would get the W7 if they had done a breakout box ala Samsung instead of the soundbar, but he doesn't want to give up his Sonos playbar.
The deal was I'm supposed to pick the TV I would get and my boss would get one too. Then he saw the unusual stand of A1E and decided he didn't want to mess with it. He told me I could still get the Sony if that's the one I wanted, but, as stupid as it sounds, I'm afraid of getting the Sony if it turns out to be better.
I'm really struggling with it, because at least if we have the same TV then I can take what I learn from mine and help him with his. If I get the A1E and have less problems than him, I'll feel guilty.
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