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TV stand for 34" Sony

Zman1
04-07-2005, 05:09 PM
I have been reading this forum for some time,I have found it to be very informative. I have narrowed down my search for a HD TV to two Sony models both 34" sets.Either the KV34HS420 or the KD-34XS955 both are widescreen sets, both tip the scales at over 190 lbs.and I have read are front heavy.I am not sure if the all silver look of either the Sony stand or the Tech Craft companion stand will look good in my family room,with lots of medium wood accents.Both of those stands have tie down brackets and some form of front locking device for these Sony TV's.Can these sets be placed with confidence of not falling over on the stands of other makers,that is as long as they are rated for the weight of the units?? or should I stick with the OEM's design ? I have not seen these tie down devices on other stands so it it leaving me a bit confused..Thanks

Blue Goose
04-07-2005, 07:35 PM
Not sure if would think about this stand but this is the one that I got for my 34XS955......says it is for 36" TV's but looks like it was made for my TV as it fits absolutely perfectly....only 79.99 to boot and it will support up to 240lbs.

I can post a pic if you would like me too



http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5319871&type=product&id=1051806244068

Blue Goose
04-07-2005, 07:50 PM
Aw heck I'll post em anyways :hithere:

NC-Opr
04-09-2005, 10:15 AM
It looks like it could be a few inches wider to accomodate the tv.

After checking the specs, it has a height of 22". I prefer one in the 30-32" range.


Zman1 -- you can always make one yourself or have someone in your area do it to your specs. That way, the color and texture can match your room's decor, wood or metal.

Blue Goose
04-09-2005, 10:25 AM
True, I wish it was a bit higher but I haven't seen one that high..have you? I think the stock Sony one is only 18" high so thats why I didn't get that one. It actually fits the TV perfectly with maybe a 1/4" on each side.

Not to mention it is only 79 bucks ;)

NC-Opr
04-09-2005, 11:15 AM
For that price I would agree it to be a good buy. Right now, all I have is an end table about 24" high and is a bit narrow for my 30" widescreen.

[This tv replaced a 27" last fall which I had on top of a stereo component stand - about 35" high. But the wide screen was too big and too heavy.]

I have a friend who can make me one, as he owns a cabinet-making co.

I have seen some that are 28" high, but I think that was in a cabinet, most are in the 20-24".

maicaw
04-09-2005, 01:45 PM
When I bought my 34XBR Sony 2 or 3 years ago - Costco was selling a 2' by 3' chrome deli style cart rated for hundreds of pounds with 3 or so shelves about 3 feet high with heavy casters. I cut the legs in half using a standard pipe cutter and made a TV stand about 16" high with 3 shelves that held the big Sony very well (+AV) - was movable and looked nice in a geeky sort of way - I've since relocated the set to a big carved pine coffee table about 10 feet away from my chair and am now using a Costco chrome wine rack for my AV stuff. The original Deli cart cost about $60 and the wine rack was about $50 - probably can find a picture to email if you want one.
I used cable ties to the holes in the rear of the set to stabilize it - Circuit City dumped my first 34XBR over on it's face - they ARE front heavy

Zman1
04-11-2005, 10:26 AM
Maicaw,
I was wondering about the stabilization issue that you wrote about. I ordered a Bush TV stand it is their Universal model. I know that Sony and Tech Craft stands have starps or brackets in the back to provide extra support. Have you found this important ? or do you feel if people don't bump into the set that gravity is enough to hold it down without tipping over?

maicaw
04-11-2005, 10:45 PM
I suppose if the base is footprint is wider than the set the c.g. should stay inside the footprint but straps are about a penny so why not use a few.
I just mentioned putting the straps on the back thru a hole near the center under the back because the stand I used had wheels! Now that it's on a immovable 200# coffee table I just depend on gravity. The handles on mine are on the front near the top, but the delivery guys were holding it on the bottom like a normal 75# set and it got away from them. - I don't see the cart I mentioned at Costco anymore- it was a Kirkland house brand so it's probably not available anywhere else.- althought they do still carry the 6' high 18"x48" chrome shelving for about $75 which would be enough to make 3 -- 4' wide 18" high x 18" wide TV stands. - I liked the look - sort of "x-files eye for the straight guy" decor. I'll probably always keep the AV gear in the chrome wine rack. - lots of places to strap down the bundles of cable and like the navy way - it's always accessible.

maicaw
04-11-2005, 11:37 PM
here's a link to costco .com http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?prodid=11001713&whse=BC&topnav=&cat=&s=1&img=0
The 4' long is available in the store at least here - they are very heavy so shipping might be very expensive. - I haven't seen the three foot in the store for many years - Grainger sells identical shelving for 5 time as much --go figure-
I had some other thoughts and was editing the above but got cut off by the 30min bell
in short -18" is 6" less than the depth of my 34" sony and it's 40" wide but the rear is very light so I wouldn't worry if it had to be supported by a small extension off the center of an 18" wide shelf the c.g would still be near the front of the stand. I'd use the 4' long shelving for the 34" sony

miesque1127
04-22-2005, 12:33 AM
I can't believe people who spend 1500-2000 for a tv will cheap out on the stand. Your $70 stand does the trick, but it doesn't look as nice as the Sony stand. Spend the $300 and get it. It looks great and is made to support the tv.

CatManDoo
04-23-2005, 02:13 PM
I have been reading this forum for some time,I have found it to be very informative. I have narrowed down my search for a HD TV to two Sony models both 34" sets.Either the KV34HS420 or the KD-34XS955 both are widescreen sets, both tip the scales at over 190 lbs.and I have read are front heavy.I am not sure if the all silver look of either the Sony stand or the Tech Craft companion stand will look good in my family room,with lots of medium wood accents.Both of those stands have tie down brackets and some form of front locking device for these Sony TV's.Can these sets be placed with confidence of not falling over on the stands of other makers,that is as long as they are rated for the weight of the units?? or should I stick with the OEM's design ? I have not seen these tie down devices on other stands so it it leaving me a bit confused..Thanks
Here is a link to an excellent stand that is both stylish and sturdy. :yippee: It can definitely hold either of the 2 Sony's you are considering. I have one for my 34" Widescreen and I love it. I was very skeptical at first, but the glass is tempered which gives it amazing strength.

TV Stand Z-Line 3226 (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Z-Line-Designs-36-TV-Stand-Z3226-1S-/sem/rpsm/oid/82360/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)

After I bought it, I went back and bought the matching Audio Rack. :yippee:

Audio Rack Z-Line 3227 (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Z-Line-Designs-Component-Tower-Z3227-4T-/sem/rpsm/oid/82362/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)

Both of these were fairly easy to assemble. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the parts before you start, follow the instructions, and have ample room to lay everything out (actually, this advice probably applies to any stand you end up buying that needs assembly).

The TV stand I bought is called the "Manhattan". Z-Line also makes a stand that costs about $50 less called the "Palisades", but be careful: the "Palisades" has four caps on the corners that limit the width of the TV you put on top. The main reason I went with the "Manhattan" is because the top is completely flat. My 34" diagonal picture widescreen has a 42" wide cabinet; but the glass top on my stand is 47" wide and looks like it was built specifically for my particular set. :thumbsup:

I personally recommend it very highly as an owner for the past year. Good Luck! :hithere:

Zman1
04-24-2005, 06:30 AM
CatMan,
Thanks for the posting.After much deliberation on which stand to pick I bought the Bush Universal. It is the same style as the Sony stand except dark silver. I t also has two glass shelves rather than the one on the Sony. The other thing that I like is that this stand sits three inches higher than the original Sony. Although the pic is from one online dealer (better picture) I bought it at BB for $199.95 plus tax.
http://www.standsandmounts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2190

CatManDoo
04-24-2005, 09:50 AM
CatMan,
Thanks for the posting. After much deliberation on which stand to pick I bought the Bush Universal. It is the same style as the Sony stand except dark silver. It also has two glass shelves rather than the one on the Sony. The other thing that I like is that this stand sits three inches higher than the original Sony. Although the pic is from one online dealer (better picture) I bought it at BB for $199.95 plus tax.
http://www.standsandmounts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2190

Glad things worked out for you. :) Height was also an issue for me. The one I got is 23.5" high which gave me at least 4-5 inches over the Sony. I don't know why Sony did this. Do they think we're all sitting on the floor? :confused: