The main concerns when purchasing TV stands and entertainment centers are strength and durability, ventilation, room for expansion and accessibility. If you will be adding speakers, you will also have to decide if you need to leave room for freestanding speaker stands or if you will be including the speakers in your entertainment center setup. The kind of TV stand you choose will largely depend on the type of television you are buying the stand for. Before shopping for one, it will save you time and money if you know: the size of your TV, how much it weighs and the size and weight of any additional components you want the stand to hold.
Since traditional or CRT televisions tend to be heavier than other types of TVs, TV stands and entertainment centers intended to display and store conventional tube TVs are designed to accommodate the weight. A CRT TV stand can essentially be used for any other type of television, such as plasma or LCD, because they are generally lighter than conventional televisions.
Flat screen televisions are sleek and dramatic in appearance. TV stands specifically for a plasma or LCD TV are designed to showcase the latest in today’s technology. A flat screen TV stand can also combine strength with stability to accommodate extra-wide screen televisions. As an alternative to using a stand, since LCD and plasma TVs are generally lighter than conventional televisions, they can mounted to a wall, ceiling or swivel arm using the appropriate mounting solution.
If you are shopping for a stand for a rear projection TV, keep in mind that they are generally deeper in the back than plasma or LCD televisions. Make sure that the top shelf of the TV stand will be wide enough to accommodate the TV.
Buy the stand separately and not at the same time as you purchase your television and/or DVD player. This will allow you to see exactly what you need now and to take into account any future needs.
Do you want to be able to move the stand around or to be able to reposition it easily? Many types of entertainment centers and TV stands include casters, both the visible and hidden kind.
Make sure that the shelf depth of any unit you purchase is wide enough to accommodate your television and other audio/video equipment. Check that the TV stand can support the weight of your television. Most manufacturers’ descriptions will include this information or they will be able to provide any additional details.
Since TV furniture and entertainment centers are designed to hold several pieces of equipment, tangled cables and wires can detract from the overall look of your entertainment center. If this is a concern, select a unit that includes a wire or cable management system.
For optimal functionality, select TV furniture or entertainment centers with adjustable shelves; this will allow you to customize the unit to your needs.
Type of TV Stands
To decide which kind will meet your specific needs, first determine the main purpose of the TV stand: is it to display the TV, organize components and DVDs or to maximize the available floor space?
Plasma TV furniture provide display and shelving options designed specifically for heavier plasma TVs or other types of large screen televisions. Combining strength with stability, extra-wide TV stands or entertainment centers with wider shelves can accommodate larger direct view TVs and plasma screens.
LCD stands accommodate the less weighty LCD televisions. LCD televisions are so light that you may not even need a stand, instead opting for a wall, ceiling, or swivel arm mounting solution. They can be placed nearly anywhere, though they look best on a dedicated stand or mount.
Traditional or CRT TV stands [http://www.audio-video-furniture.com] are intended to house a conventional solid tube television. These types of TV stands and entertainment centers are generally more substantial to accommodate the greater weight, and can be used for nearly any TV type be it plasma, LCD, or CRT. It is also possible to use a CRT mount, but generally for smaller televisions. When adding speaker stands [http://www.audio-video-furniture.com/Speaker-Stands–C22.htm] to a CRT TV stand or entertainment center, make sure that they blend in style with your media or home theater setup.