Currently in the market researching for a new TV, planning to purchase in August once I move into a new apartment. :D One of my remaining purchases is a TV stand for the new display as well as my audio equipment.
The problem I am encountering is trying to budget and decide how much to spend on a TV stand. I see some beautiful stands from the likes of BDI, but at $1,000+ for several stands I can't justify spending about 50% of the MSRP of my TV just on a TV stand. So at this point I am considering a Salamander systems stand for around $750.
I would like anyone and everyone to share their experiences shopping for their A/V "furniture" and their budgeting for it. Did you have a specific budget goal or method to the madness?
My personal experience...
I don't have THAT MUCH A/V equipment, just a receiver, Blu-ray player, power conditioner, and game console. I am planning to add a center channel speaker to my system. The problem is that the center channel is just over 9 inches tall, so finding a rack that would accompany it has been a problem. My receiver also is somewhat heavy (around 50lbs) and likes having its space for proper ventilation.
My roommate had a tempered glass TV stand, and I didn't really care for it. Most of the tempered glass stands I've seen also don't have the weight capacity to hold my equipment. So I had a set of specific requirements in mind for the stand with no idea what to do for the budget aspect of it.
My search for the TV stand soon proved to be frustrating. Some stands would fit one requirement but not the others, and some were just outrageous in pricing. Despite all of the companies out there, it seemed like no one had what I was looking for. I then came across Salamander, and one of their stands has what I am looking for: great construction and weight capacity, individually adjustable shelves for my receiver, and modular capability for me to add a riser in the future when I get a center channel.
The only remaining question for me is whether or not the $750 I was quoted for it is too much given my budget for a TV (around $2,500). I understand this question of "how much is too much" is very subjective depending on the individual situation, but I wanted to share my story and see how you all approached your TV stand/entertainment center purchase.
Thanks for your replies!