Expert information and buying advice
The LCD and Plasma television market is simply a minefield, which brand? Which features? Which connections? Once you have trailed through all of the baffling options and made your purchase decision, there is another consumer conundrum, what do you use to support your brand new television.
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Classic Glass Stands
There are a large number of flat packed glass TV stands available on the market, so where do you start?
First of all you must decide if you want clear or black glass, black glass shows more dust but can hide cabling.
There are a number of stands specially shaped to fit into corner, maximising space, S&C manufacture unique oval shaped, border print glass stands which look superb especially in a corner.
The height of these stands tend to be quite similar whichever manufacturer you buy from, the optimum vision range allows one shelf to be removed if you prefer your LCD or Plasma TV in a lower position.
Cable management is available on the majority of glass TV stands and those without it should probably not be considered.
Most TV stands on the market have toughened safety tested glass; cheaper stands tend to use 6mm thick glass, higher quality stands use 8mm or 10mm.
Always check the shelf space is high and deep enough to accommodate your DVD, games console or amplifier etc.
Some TV stands are supplied with castors; wheels can be added to certain S&C models.
Wood TV Stands and Cabinets
The many wooden TV stands and cabinets vary in price substantially; there are real wood cabinets and imitation wood stands.
Wooden TV Stands usually come in a beech, cherry, walnut, dark wood or black finish.
Swivel cabinets are available, the Optimum BDI Revo range are beautiful if a little pricey.
Alphason provide some budget cabinets.
TV cabinets are usually equipped with excellent cable management but make sure you check this before you buy.
Most wooden TV cabinets are supplied already assembled; the flat packed wood stands tend to be fairly complicated to assemble.
Cantilever TV Stands
Cantilever TV stands, are stands which enable your TV to be mounted to a raised pillar, giving a wall mounted look without the hassle of drilling into walls.
Cantilever TV stands are usually equipped with Cable Management and provide a stylish and flexible alternative to wall mounting, the Aquila AB-K111 is a cantilever TV stand which balances style and practicality.
Cantilever TV stands tend to be taller than your average glass TV stand, so the viewing position is higher, the extra height also ensures your TV is safely out of reach of children and pets.
Some cantilever TV stands do not have shelves or only have one shelf for other equipment, before purchasing bear in mind the equipment you already own, and any equipment you may purchase in the future.
Ensure the cantilever TV stand you order is suitable for your size of television.