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TV Stands... Too Expensive?

LordGamer
06-14-2005, 02:42 PM
More than likely, I'm going to be picking up the current 42" Sony, maybe the 50". But regardless, the matching stand is in the average price range of $500.

So, I look around for other widescreen stands and some of the prices are through the roof. I don't mind dropping money, but the stands are about 1/4 the price of the sets. I could easily see $100-200, but these things are sick.

The materials can't be that high of quality, I'm guessing the mark up is severe. Am I missing something or am I the only one that thinks this?

Anyone able to pick up a nice stand for a good price (FYI...I'm only interested in a stand, no entertainment centers).

BillK
06-14-2005, 02:45 PM
Nope - I totally agree with you - stand prices are OBSCENE for what you get - plastic clad medium density fiberboard and glass - it's ridiculous. Plus you can hardly even order them online because the shipping eats up any savings you get by ordering online.

EDIT: Just noticed you're from the 'Burgh area - /wave. :)

LordGamer
06-14-2005, 02:50 PM
Wow, there are a lot of PA people on these forums.

Long Live PA!

Glad, to see I'm not going crazy. I mean, come on... $500 for a few scraps of metal and glass. And I didn't think about the whole ordering online (that was going to be my secret plan)...good point. The shipping would eat up the savings.

frankc3004
06-14-2005, 02:53 PM
Check out Wal Mart wish I did first, they have a nice one its silver&black with glass shevles.

BillK
06-14-2005, 02:55 PM
Dude - when I bought my new Samsung DLP at BestBuy in Cranberry - they practically made me BEG them to get 'em to sell me the matching stand off the floor since no one on the East coast had them in stock (supposedly) - and the wife was pretty deadset on it matching.

I almost told them to shove it and left - but I sucked it up and gave 'em 249 for the thing and carried it home with me - I can't imagine having to fork out 500 or more for one.

retorq
06-14-2005, 03:19 PM
I have the entertainment center version of this . . I think anyways. It's pretty cool, it was $75 or so, nice contrustion, very solid. :thumbsup:

Check out Wal Mart wish I did first, they have a nice one its silver&black with glass shevles.

daleb
06-14-2005, 03:50 PM
Picked this one up at CC. All steel, glass, and wood. Friend said it looked a lot like the BDI stand he spent over $600 on.
Either stand was cheaper than the recommended Sony stand, which is largely made up of MDF.
I took a nice fat nylon cable tie and looped it through the back of the display where the stock safety strap is supposed to snap into, and the rear stand support.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Nea-Moda-Wide-TV-Stand-220337-/sem/rpsm/oid/110765/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

scpackfan
06-14-2005, 04:52 PM
Press them hard during price negotiations...

I worked Circuit City and Best Buy against each other recently... I paid:

$2,699 for the Sony 55' (KDF-55WF655)
$249 for the stand (Retail - $799)

I also got CC to match BB's $100 off the HD Direct TV receiver and saved another $120 off the cables. I'm sure not all locations will work as hard to make a sale, but it never hurts to ask!

RSawdey
06-14-2005, 06:56 PM
I put two 24" oak TV stands side by side & they fit my 50" exactly... You can also find 48" coffee tables that work well...

rikmeister
06-14-2005, 08:03 PM
standard for stereos and such in college. oh well time marches on and yikes so did the price tag. someone posted to look in ikea for stands. i have the 55 inch sony and the stand is not worth 799 at all.

xela19115
06-15-2005, 12:33 PM
I use this unit from IKEA for my 50" DLP set (http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=12&langId=-1&catalogId=10101&productId=14753).

rikmeister
06-15-2005, 06:46 PM
like there are several possiblities there. thanks for the info.

Steve A
06-16-2005, 04:43 AM
The SONY A/V Stand (SU-GW11) at $499 for the KDF-42/50WE655 TVs was worth the cost to me. It features foot stoppers and a web belt buckle that locks the rather light weight set in place in the rear so it can't topple. That feature was worth the difference in cost besides malking the set look quite nice. The new SONY models that are coming out will have smaller (and less expensive-most likely-stands) stands since they are more compact.

amf1932
06-16-2005, 06:55 AM
The SONY A/V Stand (SU-GW11) at $499 for the KDF-42/50WE655 TVs was worth the cost to me. It features foot stoppers and a web belt buckle that locks the rather light weight set in place in the rear so it can't topple. That feature was worth the difference in cost besides malking the set look quite nice. The new SONY models that are coming out will have smaller (and less expensive-most likely-stands) stands since they are more compact.
I couldn't use the Sony SU-GW11 stand with my Sony 42WE655 because the width was too great to fit between a bookcase and equipment cabinet, so after doing a lot of research I found that a Sony stand SU-GW2 stand was perfect. The width of this stand was exactly the same width of the Sony 42WE655. I bought this stand from Crutchfield.com for the same price of the SU-GW11 for $499, but it solved my problem. This stand also has the foot stoppers and a web belt buckle. I think that Sony discontinued this model because they never mention that this stand could be used for my 42" in any of their literature. I posted a couple of pictures in the Members Home Theater section so you can see what I mean.

Alan

LordGamer
06-16-2005, 07:56 AM
amf1932, I saw your setup a few days back, nice work.

I take it you just got that TV? How is it? More than likely, that will be the unit I pick up this month.

amf1932
06-16-2005, 09:26 AM
LordGamer-

I'm sure that you'll love this set. I was always an Sony XBR person before buying this RPTV and I've had this set since November.
The picture settings needed tweaking when first delivered, but after doing this the picture is absolutely gorgeous! I was an electronic scanner operator so I'm very demanding about color correctness, and this set's color controls were able to adjust the colors perfectly.
Good luck, and if you need any help making these adjustments just give me a shout. :hithere:

Alan

Steve A
06-17-2005, 04:42 AM
I definitely love my KDF-50WE655 as well. I have yet to do major adjustments to the color and am very satisffied with it as it is but will be ordering the Avia calibration DVD soon.

amf1932
06-17-2005, 08:23 AM
I've found that using calibration discs for video can be very frustrating due to the variability of signal strengths, transmissions differences between channels, etc. In other words, color intensity, contrast, and color balance has to be tweaked on the particular channel you are viewing. Has anybody else found this so?

Alan

daleb
06-17-2005, 10:21 AM
Just using Avia, this is true. The best you can hope for is the input for your DVD player will be adjusted for the best picture.
From there you can transfer the same settings to your other inputs ie, tuner, PC, Sat. etc. )
When you watch the other inputs, you will likely find yourself tweaking some more depending on the quality of program material you are watching. But at least you will have a baseline to start with.
I find the Sony's do best doing all adjustments in the Pro mode.
Makes things less complicated also.
A more complete calibration, like an ISF cal, will use instruments to do a more in depth cal including greyscale, and a cal can be performed through each input, AND at each level of resolution (ie; 480i, 720p, 1080i, etc.). An ISF tech will generally charge more for calibrating more than 2 inputs.
The 3rd, risker but cheaper option for the technically inclined, is to go in the service menu and do similar adjustments. While not done to the precision as with instruments (or experience) things can be improved upon quite a bit providing you have the right information, and a more than fair knowledge of what you are doing.
It is unfortunate that the RP LCD based Sony displays have so much potential that is left untapped when it leaves the factory. But this is true for most displays.

madsedan
06-17-2005, 03:18 PM
I bought a nice Bello stand from Circuit City for $250 when we bought ours. It is a very nice piece of furniture that compliments the set nicely.
I don't care for the look of the cheap stand maintaining the contours of the set down to the floor, looks cheap in my opinion. This Bello piece we bought weighs like 125#, its one stout mofo.

daleb
06-17-2005, 05:17 PM
...
I don't care for the look of the cheap stand maintaining the contours of the set down to the floor, looks cheap in my opinion. ....

And the display manufacturers make you pay more for those too! :what:

shellback
06-17-2005, 09:52 PM
I originally was using a Hutch bottom from "This End Up", but found it to be too tall for my 46" Mitsubishi. I searched for 4 months; going to various furniture and appliance stores. I finally found what I wanted doing a search on Google and looking at about 500 stands. I can't remember who but it was under $200 with shipping and took under 2 hours to assemble.

zeepackman
06-18-2005, 12:02 AM
Look around at yard and rummage sales. People blow out really nice wooden coffee tables that don't go with some new furniture they got for 5 or 10 bucks. I got one that way and it even has a second shelf underneath and my sub and front speakers are great there, or your STB and DVD player could go down there also. Just put a solid color table covering of some sort over it first hanging down the back and all your wires disappear real nice behind it.

mikoo1965
06-21-2005, 12:57 PM
I found this stand @ Walmart ...it's 40" wide for $80 and will fit great in the corner. The problem is that I am planning to buy 56" tv ...which is 52" wide.

So if I use this stand, it will hang 6" out on each side. Is that OK?

I am sure, it will be able to carry 80 lbs. but I am concerned about the width.

-mikoo

LordGamer
06-21-2005, 01:07 PM
I found this stand @ Walmart ...it's 40" wide for $80 and will fit great in the corner. The problem is that I am planning to buy 56" tv ...which is 52" wide.

So if I use this stand, it will hang 6" out on each side. Is that OK?

I am sure, it will be able to carry 80 lbs. but I am concerned about the width.

-mikoo

Provided it could hold the weight, it would be ok. However, from a style position, I wouldn't do it.

krishnva
06-21-2005, 01:54 PM
I bought the Sony Wega 50 ' stand for 300 yesterday from sam's club. The same one in BB is going for 500.
Krish

SSpiro
06-21-2005, 08:56 PM
Thinking of buying this..

http://www.furnitureonline.com/product.asp?txtCatalog=OF&txtCategory=814&txtProductID=DAN-DR200-02

Going to get for the Sammy 56" DLP.. What do you guys think?

daleb
06-21-2005, 10:20 PM
Thinking of buying this..

http://www.furnitureonline.com/product.asp?txtCatalog=OF&txtCategory=814&txtProductID=DAN-DR200-02

Going to get for the Sammy 56" DLP.. What do you guys think?

Looks nice for the price if you can handle that much black furniture. Depends on your decor of course. Too bad they don't have more colors, like cherry, or mahogany, etc.

griffin
06-22-2005, 02:59 PM
I was going to spend about $900 on a boltz stand, but then I was walking around a local furniture store and saw InterMetro steel racks. You can buy the components you need and build them to spec. I've seen these things all over: Home Depot, The Container Store. Mine looks something like this, but it has one less shelf and it's obviously shorter:

http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/August04/Lyon%2046304Cart.jpg

I spent a little over $200 and I couldn't be happier. It's rock solid. I bought the exact width, depth, and height to fit my 50" Panny DLP and all my components. It's very open so I don't have to worry about heat disipation. I bought heavy duty locking wheels so I can turn it to access all my cables or if I'm sitting at my desk and want to get a better angle. It's the most functional stand I can imagine.

Some may not like the aesthetics, but I'm a bachelor living in Manhattan. I like that industrial look, and it's very sleek on my hardwood floors. My apartment is not homey so it works very well, and it doesn't look cheap.

PFC5
06-23-2005, 12:15 AM
More than likely, I'm going to be picking up the current 42" Sony, maybe the 50". But regardless, the matching stand is in the average price range of $500.

So, I look around for other widescreen stands and some of the prices are through the roof. I don't mind dropping money, but the stands are about 1/4 the price of the sets. I could easily see $100-200, but these things are sick.

The materials can't be that high of quality, I'm guessing the mark up is severe. Am I missing something or am I the only one that thinks this?

Anyone able to pick up a nice stand for a good price (FYI...I'm only interested in a stand, no entertainment centers).


Try the Z-Line Designs brand stands at Circuit City. I got one for $125.00 that holds my 50 RCA DLP, and it is very well made, and it was assembled in about 20 minutes too!

I couldn't find my model but here is a link to some of their models at CC.

http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/Ntt/tv+stands/Ntk/All/catOid/-12885/N/0+21012885+40307948/link/ref/rpem/ccd/categorylist.do

wcassell
06-23-2005, 09:33 AM
PFC5

That is the exact stand that I just picked up this weekend for my Sony 42" RP LCD. It looks like it was built for the TV and was so much cheaper than the Sony stand (which in my opinion just looked cheap). I would highly recommend this stand even if it is only $130 (in store - another $26 off if you buy it through the web).

PFC5
06-23-2005, 10:00 AM
PFC5

That is the exact stand that I just picked up this weekend for my Sony 42" RP LCD. It looks like it was built for the TV and was so much cheaper than the Sony stand (which in my opinion just looked cheap). I would highly recommend this stand even if it is only $130 (in store - another $26 off if you buy it through the web).

I got one that had enough shelf space to hold a lot of gear including my 17" wide center channel. Why don't they put a shelf on these RPTVs to hold the center speaker?

I also bought big "teflon pads" to put under the legs so I could slide it out without having to remove any of my gear if I wanted to check/change anything in the back. I have my setup kitty corner with 80lb each towers on the sides, so this made it much easier to get at.

syhtomb
06-23-2005, 10:22 AM
I purchased this one from BB for $299. Looks great with my 50in Sony LCD. I couldn't find it on BB.com, but here is another link

http://www.standsandmounts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=3461

Pakbackr
06-23-2005, 10:45 AM
My wife didn't want to see wires or the back of the TV and insisted we have a nice piece of furniture selected before we get our HDTV. It was harder than I thought to find something large enough to enclose a 50 inch DLP, but I finally discovered Hooker furniture. They are one of the few makers with lots to choose from. We ended up with this unit (http://www.hookerfurniture.com/catalog.cfm?inc=cats&level=4&topCatID=9&parentID=276&gParentID=89&item=175-55-237) and at a little more than $1200, it was a deal. My wife couldn't be happier with it, and my 50 inch Panasonic DLP fits in it perfectly.

hb2474
07-07-2005, 12:17 AM
I got mine at costco. $189.00 2 shelf glass stand. Its supports tv's up to 80". A good solid stand with really thick glass. It's not on the website though.

wood123
07-07-2005, 07:56 AM
Well I designed and made my own stand (http://www.finewoodstudio.com/gallery/hdtv_stand.thm) . Since I design and make furniture it was not that difficult. http://www.finewoodstudio.com/gallery/hdtv_stand.htm Some of the things I learned. TV sizes varies and thus you need to get a stand that fits the TV. The height of the stand (viewing height) varies with viewing distance, size of TV, and normal seating position (laid back or upright). Most stands do not have enough storage or the componets are visible.
Cheers,
Rich

shawn
07-07-2005, 08:17 AM
I have the Sony 42KDF-42we655 and I bought the matching Sony stand. Even though price was outrageous, the quality much better than standard Bush/etc brands store sellling. Also, the glass shelves are solid and won't bend when you put all your a/v equipment on them. Plus, it matches the TV and is a nice looking piece of furniture (not to mention height is correct for good viewing)..

Anyway, just my 2 cents...good luck

mikoo1965
07-07-2005, 09:28 AM
I just got this tv stand from CC (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Nea-Moda-36-TV-Stand-220284M-/sem/rpsm/oid/110766/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do) for about $150 (with some discuont) and happy with it, specially wife wanted a stand with a door in front to hide cables and other stuff. My Samsung HL-R5667W fits fine on it.

jpchleapas
07-10-2005, 07:01 PM
Agreed. I like this stand I bought on-line and picked up at CC. It is 58" long and big enough for my 60" Sony. The sony stand was 500 this one was 212 with tax. Which one did I buy? I can use the loot I save to buy a new panasonic DVD-VHS recorder. Good luck! John C.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Nea-Moda-Wide-TV-Stand-220337-/sem/rpsm/oid/110765/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

PFC5
07-10-2005, 09:21 PM
Agreed. I like this stand I bought on-line and picked up at CC. It is 58" long and big enough for my 60" Sony. The sony stand was 500 this one was 212 with tax. Which one did I buy? I can use the loot I save to buy a new panasonic DVD-VHS recorder. Good luck! John C.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Nea-Moda-Wide-TV-Stand-220337-/sem/rpsm/oid/110765/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do


This is what I bought for my 50" RCA DLP. It looks great and is very sturdy and I set it up in about 20 minutes.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Z-Line-Designs-TV-Stand-23541S-/sem/rpsm/oid/69535/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

It holds my receiver, my center channel speaker, VCR, Cable Box, and 2 DVD players. I put those teflon pads under the legs and now I can move it out to change something without taking everything out/off the stand. Best idea I have had in a while. Now I don't dread and put off making any changes or to check the wires/connections anymore.

SpencerC
07-11-2005, 04:09 PM
Thinking of buying this..

http://www.furnitureonline.com/product.asp?txtCatalog=OF&txtCategory=814&txtProductID=DAN-DR200-02

Going to get for the Sammy 56" DLP.. What do you guys think?

read this first
http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=9737