Top Picks A/V Furniture and Mounts

A/V Furniture
Worthy of Consideration
Home Theater does not formally review or select Top Picks for specialty A/V furniture, though we track new product developments. Following are some products and manufacturers worth exploring for you next furniture purchase.
Sanus Basic Series BFV348 A/V Stand: $400
Sanus worked hard to simplify construction of its ready-to-assemble Basic Series: the BFV348 even features tool-less assembly that’s so quick and easy you won’t even need to break out a screwdriver. It features removable back panels for quick and easy access to components, a vented, adjustable shelf to maximize airflow to equipment and accommodate components of varying heights, and a distressed black finish for a classic, lived-in appearance. (More Information)
Bell’O Triple Play TCP2133: $400
The Bell’O Triple Play TCP2133 is a stand/shelf combo that provides three configuration options to fit your display and room demands. Attach it to the rear frame and swivel mounting system, use it as a three-shelf standalone table, or remove the mounting pole and hang your TV on the wall above the table. It can accommodate most flat-panel TVs up to 60 inches and 125 pounds and at least four audio/video components. The TCP2133 has a black, scratch-resistant, powdercoated metal frame and black tempered safety glass shelves. Assembly is said to be a breeze—no tools required. (More Information)
Sanus JFV60: $500
Sanus’ JFV60 is part of the Java Series, It’s a dual-purpose lowboy in a Chocolate-finished oak veneer that can be hung on a wall or placed on the floor with the included attachable feet. It’s 60 inches wide and supports up to 200 pounds on the wall or 350 pounds when floor-mounted. The sliding glass doors secure your gear without blocking IR remote control commands. (More Information)
BDI Valera 9729: $875
For those who’d rather not hide their components behind closed doors, BDI offers a beautifully crafted solution. The Valera 9729 is an open TV stand that consists of three shelves and provides a semi-enclosed appearance. The center tempered gray tinted glass shelf is adjustable and can hold a center-channel or soundbar speaker. The back panel includes integrated wire management to keep cables neatly organized. The Valera 9729 is available in Chocolate Stained Walnut, Natural Stained Cherry, and Espresso Stained Oak finishes and can hold flat panels up to 64 inches. (More Information)
Sanus Alabaster AVC73 Console: $1,399
The recently added Alabaster line from Sanus comes fully pre-assembled in 53-inch (AVC53, $999) and 73-inch console models (AVC73, $1,399) and in a 42-inch tall AV cabinet (ACA42, $899); all come in a choice of brown caramel or charcoal finish. Features include concealed casters, slow-close doors, integrated cable management, vented shelving, and a tool-free removable back panel to allow easy access to gear. Adjustable shelves and deep storage drawers provide extra room for components and accessories. Wood doors instead of glass, as well as grille cloth inserts, are options. (More Information)
BDI Ola Console: $1,775
BDI’s Ola is a curvy cabinet ideal for larger home theaters thanks to a substantial top panel and base to position up to a 73-inch flat panel. It’s available in a chic Satin White finish or the more traditional Chocolate-Stained Walnut. The open center compartment has an adjustable shelf perfect for a center-channel speaker. Gray-tinted glass doors conceal your gear but are IR-remote friendly. A removable back panel provides easy access to cables and connections. (More Information)
Salamander Designs Geneva Twin 329 Corner: $1,799
Sometimes it just makes the most sense to position your flat screen in the corner of a room. The Geneva Twin 329 cabinet—part of Salamander Designs’ Chameleon Collection—combines art and technology to create this Shaker-inspired design. It includes four shelves (two adjustable, two fixed) and removable rear panels for easy access to components. The center segment features a speaker opening with a removable grille, which is designed to hide a speaker. Additional features include a pull-out media tray, built-in ventilation louvers, and soft-close doors. The Geneva Twin 329 comes in Medium Walnut and is recommended for TVs up to 46 inches. (More Information)
Salamander Designs Berlin 247 Console: $2,499
Salamander’s Berlin 247, part of the Chameleon Collection, is a quad-configured console with a contemporary look that can be hung on a wall or used floorstanding, and with its 88-inch width, it’s perfect for bigger screens. Smaller versions are also available. The Berlin emanates European influence with a dramatic Wenge (West African) finish and wavy, textured front. Key features include adjustable shelves and ventilation louvers in the bottom of the cabinet segments. You can add optional under-cabinet lighting to accentuate the floating look of this piece. (More Information)
Diamond Case Phoenix PS3 Lift Cabinet: $3,399
If you don’t want to hang your flat panel on the wall and don’t want it visible for non-viewing hours, the Phoenix model PS3 lift cabinet from Diamond Case Designs houses your TV up to 46 inches and also hides a soundbar or center-channel speaker. A larger unit is available for up to a 55-inch set. The storage cabinet can be situated next to the TV either to the right or left behind a wood door or one with smoked glass. The unit is constructed of either birch or oak with a range of fashionable finishes—including light distressed. (More Information)
Salamander Design Olivia Seating Collection: (Pricing varies)
The versatile, modular Olivia home theater seating collection from Salamander Designs brings a touch of home theater panache to a traditional sectional sofa. It works perfectly in a dedicated cinema space as well as in a media, family, or great room. Pieces can be set up multiple ways using a corner connector or chaise lounge, for example, to create L-shaped seating. And rest assured, those connector arms can be ordered with cupholders. Seats come in non-recliner or recliner versions. (More Information)
Elite F Series Theater Chair: $4,750 to $5,700
In response to the uncomfortable experience moviegoers have to endure at their local cineplex, Elite has developed a wide line of ergonomic theater chairs specifically designed and engineered for home theater viewing. The F Series features motorized reclining capabilities, slide-out cupholders, and is available in Valentino Leather, Silk Leather, Cine-suede and Patterned Fabrics, or the customer’s chosen material. Elite’s Website offers a simple process so you can customize your selection. (More Information)
Display Mounts
Worthy of Consideration
Home Theater does not formally review or select Top Picks for television and projector mounts, though we track new product developments. Following are some products and manufacturers worth exploring.
Cleat Mount: $50
The Cleat Mount offers a uniquely simple, cost-effective solution to mount your flat-screen TV when you don’t require a tilting mount or articulating arm mount. The system consists of an aluminum wall rail, industrial-strength Velcro, a 1-inch wall bumper, and two TV wall cleats. When mounted, the TV wall cleats attached to the back of your flat screen bond with the wall rail cleat, which fully supports the weight of the television. Powerful industrial strength Velcro keeps it firmly anchored in whatever lateral position you place it in. The Velcro and rubber wall spacer work together to minimize wall vibration. You can still pivot the TV forward to access side HDMI inputs. The UL-tested Cleat Mount is load rated for 75 pounds and it’s recommended for TV’s 32- to 55-inches. More Information
Salamander Flexo 100 Large : $120
The Salamander Flexo 100 Large comes with two brackets so you can mount it in a fixed position close to the wall or with a 15-degree-angle upward and downward tilt. Its advanced click system and Lift-n-Load design make mounting safe and easy for flat-panel TVs 32 to 60 inches. You get precise, tool-less screen adjustments with the company’s ZeroForce tilt mechanism and a pull-cord release system for seamless TV removal. Extension wings (included) aid in vertical adjustment and greater TV compatibility. The Flexo 100 is finished in Silver or Graphite Black. (More Information)
Sanus VLF320 Super Slim Full-Motion Mount: $400
With the Sanus VLF320 mount, you can place your 37- to 70-inch flat-screen TV as close as 1.23 inches from the wall—but it definitely doesn’t have to stay there. The ultrathin mount extends 20 inches and includes full-motion capabilities. Its fingertip-tilt technology allows easy angle adjustment with the touch of a finger. Unsightly cables can be hidden away via an integrated management system that is located in the extension arm. The VLF320’s finished appearance and decorative cover also conceal assembly and mounting hardware. Once your TV’s mounted, you can ensure it is positioned perfectly with the VLF320’s post-installation leveling adjustment. (More Information)
OmniMount PLAY40: $400
Over the course of a weekend, your TV might be used for interactive gaming, floor-based workouts, or to entertain friends milling about your home. The OmniMount PLAY40 has the ability to follow each one of these activities and provide the best possible viewing angle. While a lot of full-motion mounts can only adjust horizontally, the PLAY40 adds in the ability to move vertically up and down. Able to pan 180 degrees, the screen can be tilted with the lightest touch. The Play40 supports TVs up to 40 pounds and 55 inches and might even be helpful in some fireplace installations to temporarily lower the TV for more comfortable viewing. A version for 60-plus-inch TVs is expected soon. (More Information)
ComfortVu Motorized Fireplace Mount: $1,995
The ComfortVu is a unique solution for those situations where you desire to mount your TV in an uncomfortably high position above a fireplace. This motorized mount temporarily swings any display up to 190 pounds (55- to 90-inches) both out and down to lower it below the mantle and create a more comfortable viewing angle. It can be controlled by infrared remote (a hand-held remote is included), RF (with an optional RF receiver), RS-232, RS-422, and SPDT (single pole double throw) relay contact closure. A tiny IR receiver is included for easily concealed placement. The unit ships fully assembled and carries a 5-year warranty. (More Information)
Chief SL236 Smart-Lift Automated Projector Lift: $3,999
Chief’s SL236 automated projector lift is available for fixed and dropped ceilings and can accommodate projectors up to 35 pounds. Its extended downward travel is 36 inches and includes three stopping positions. You get two internal outlets, one that switches on 110-volt units. The SL236 offers exceptionally smooth and quiet movement, fits most installation requirements, and needs only 11 inches of clearance above the ceiling. (More Information)
Vutec ArtScreen-R Series: $6,500 and up
A motorized masking system for TVs from 42 to 65 inches, the Vutec ArtScreen series of frames transforms your flat panel into an element of art. Not only can you choose the picture, frame, and liner for a classy coverup, but you can also eliminate glare and reflection with swivel and tilt functions. A robotic arm extends the flat panel 12 inches from the wall, letting you swivel left to right (from 20 degrees to 28 degrees) and tilt (25 degrees upward and 7 degrees down). Set the TV the way you like and program two memory locations. This option is available for flat-panel TVs 40 inches and up. Prices start at $6,500. (More Information)