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Due to age, my old Argos one failed after ten years of use.  Would really like to go with "proper" wood this time preferably oak.  Requirement is to site a 42" Panny on top with PS3, Blu Ray, Virgin V+ and router, and Denon 2311 below preferably on shelves.  Ideally with a couple of drawers for Blu Ray / PS3 games. 

Any ideas??  That is the easy bit, SWMBO would like a matching tall bookcase and side lamp table.............

 

Any help would be appreciated.  Ta

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I reckon some of the Ikea stuff looks OK if you want to keep costs down.

 

Some of the 'proper' wooden hi hi furniture is eye-wateringly expensive.

 

 

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Depending on your budget, I would recommend considering ' Chunky Monkey' bespoke reclaimed oak furniture.

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Price seems reasonable at under £500 for large bespoke units, and obviously you can get matching furniture, as you want.

I should say, I've not bought one myself, but plan to once various upgrades happen.

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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Solid-Wood-TV-Bench-Stand-chunky-rustic-widescreen...

 

I use this for my set up but had it made bigger to accommodate the CDP, they make the unit's from scratch so i'm sure they will make anything you like..

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I appologise if obvious - Hi HI Racks Podium.

They offer a bespoke service, and if I ever were to change from Atacama, this would be the one.

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Hi,

 

Block have some very nice racks, they will also alter or build to your own design and give a free quotation.

Edit: These people have some nice racks as well.: Custom Design

 

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That rustic, "chunky" stand looks nice, though I'm not sure how much a custom design would cost from the same supplier? My only gripe would be that I couldn't accomodate the width of the stand on the link provided.

If it helps, I've been researching a new stand/cabinet for roughly a year. It's been a nightmare trying to find one, as I need to house a large receiver, full size centre speaker, and various other kit. I essentially had a choice between the glass shelf and four legs design of my current stand, which I always thought looked tacky, or spending far more for a quality cabinet.

I pulled the trigger on a Blok Classix 3000 yesterday, which looks great and will hide all my kit, including centre speaker. I also checked with Blok and they assured me a PS3 will operate in the cabinet with the doors closed. I can't verify this yet as the cabinet's not been delivered, but I really hope all is OK. Looking at your list of kit, the Classix 3000 might be worth considering.

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strapped for cash wrote:

I pulled the trigger on a Blok Classix 3000 yesterday, which looks great and will hide all my kit, including centre speaker.

Will you be putting the centre speaker horizontally or vertically?

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Hi Michael

The centre will be sited vertically, which is the only possible orientation with the Classix 3000 cabinets now available.

I experimented with this before deciding to buy. As advised on another thread, I'll tilt the speaker upward, to compensate for the lower position of the tweeter.

To be honest, I haven't noticed any problem with integration siting the speaker vertically. I'm looking forward to watching TV without a cheap glass stand and visible mess of wires as distraction...

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Hi strapped for cash.

Please let me know what you think of the cabinet when you receive it and how the speaker sounds.

What speakers do you use?

 

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I use B&W 600 series 3 speakers. They're old but still sound great, hence I've not seen the need to upgrade. Maybe one day, but I think other areas of home cinema tech have moved on at a more rapid pace than speaker performance.

I'll be sure to let you know how I get on with the Classix. My main concern is that the PS3 operates with the doors closed. I've the cabinet designer's word this will be fine, so I'll be annoyed if it isn't.

Are you considering the same cabinet yourself?

 

EDIT: and sorry, True Blue, didn't mean to hijack your thread!

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strapped for cash wrote:

EDIT: and sorry, True Blue, didn't mean to hijack your thread!

Yes appologies True Blue.

 

I was consifering a revamp of my cabinet, see my sig and click AV System.

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michael hoy wrote:

strapped for cash wrote:

EDIT: and sorry, True Blue, didn't mean to hijack your thread!

Yes appologies True Blue.

 

I was consifering a revamp of my cabinet, see my sig and click AV System.

Your set up looks nice as it is, in my opinion. Perhaps your kit could use more headroom in a closed cabinet. I'm not sure you'd be gaining much else by spending £700 on a Blok Classix.

For the record, it was only the fact I got the cabinet for £500 that convinced me, and I wouldn't have paid £200 more. Even at £500 I consider it an expensive purchase.

Nonetheless, it's a nice looking and, for my needs at least, perfectly functional piece of AV furniture.

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Another "custom" option might be these guys...

http://www.customspeakerstands.co.uk/page8.htm

No idea how much it would work out for what you need but if their speaker stands are anything to go by, I would guess they're pretty competitive.

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Hi True Blue, have you managed to find anything yet?

If not, I had an idea the other day (looking for a coffee table): try using Google images, it'll show you just about every TV stand under the Sun, and quite often it'll link to the retailers, there are some great looking stands out there. Smile

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We've just gone with these people and, given your comments about matching bookcase, I think you should check it out

Chris Sharp cabinets

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