Finding an AV unit to fit my centre speaker and Amp

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  1. Snez

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone could suggest AV furniture that doesn't break the bank but can fit the following bits of kit;

    Samsung UE55KS7000 - so the the furniture needs to be about 1300mm wide

    S1 Bowers and Wilkins HTM61 centre speaker - W545mm x H198mm x D339mm

    and Finally space for a Denon AVRX3300W - W434mm x Height 167mm x D389mm

    Any help much appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Suneil
     
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    Does the Ikea besta work for you? I looked for ages for something for my centre and eventually built an ikea besta and it looks and works well.
     
  3. Snez

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    I'll check that out - are the shelves modular then?

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    Just had a look and it seems it might do the job! Was it easy to build?

    Thanks

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    @Snez they are yes. Google Best builds, DIY Best or Ikea style hacks or something similar and there will be loads of ideas which might link to besta's range.

    It might totally defeat the point...and a bit different ...But what about having something simple and your AV equipment mainly elsewhere? You could have an IR Blaster to point the remote at and have your TV and centre speaker nice and proud with you bits to the side, under the stairs etc.
     
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    Thanks guys that's actually been super useful - I was getting quite frustrated searching online! But looking at the Besta range I think it will be ideal for what I need - got some measuring to do tomorrow and then I guess I'll be building it in a few weeks!

    Thanks!

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    Putting your centre speaker in an AV cabinet is far from ideal and should be avoided if at all possible.
     
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    @PSM1 Definitely less than ideal but my landlord won't let me wall mount the TV. Suggestions welcome!
     
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    Can you fit speaker on top of unit on an isolation pad?
     
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    @PSM1 My TV has to be on top of the unit and it sits very low, so if I was to put the speaker on top (isolation pad or not) it would obscure a good chunk of the TV. I have been thinking maybe I could build a little wood stand for the TV to raise it enough so the centre speaker could go on top. Might work? Are isolation pads worth it then? New to this! Thanks
     
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    An isolation pad can certainly help with some of the issues of having the speaker on top of a unit (will not really help if it is in the unit itself). Having the centre on top so that it sits proud of the front of the unit slightly and the TV on a stand at the back is probably the best compromise for your situation.
     
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    Yep think I'll give that a go, test my DIY skills out! Thanks for the advice
     
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    I've got my centre inside a besta and no issues. Very easy build and modular
     
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    I used to think my centre was OK in my cabinet until I took it out and realised how much better it sounded.
     
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    Could you explain that one to me please?
    It's exactly where I have mine and I have no other option.
     
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    Speakers are designed to work with free space around them. Sound goes from all sides of a speaker cabinet and this interacts with the unit it is in. This reduces sound quality so best avoided. For me moving it out cleared up the mids and opened the sound up.
     

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