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Old 05-11-2013, 21:24
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I went with my brother-in-law and his wife today to help them choose a new TV and stand to go with it. The TV was the easy part, they have purchased a Panasonic 47" TX-L47ET61B. The next purchase should have been easy but proved more difficult - a stand to compliment the TV.

My brother-in-law wanted a clear glass 3 tier stand and John Lewis have exactly what he wanted. Problem was the stand only measures 37" across whilst the TV measures 42".

I remarked 'what does it matter, it will only spread a few inches beyond the width of the table either side'. The salesperson looked aghast saying the aesthetics would be all wrong, that the base should always be wider than the TV, like a pyramid.

So that brings me to the point of the post - the only other option was black glass (at an affordable price). None of us were keen on black glass, we think they are dust collectors and don't look particularly nice anyway. Why are most of the stands black glass whether it be JL Currys Argos Amazon etc.?
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Old 05-11-2013, 21:32
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Most likely a fashion thing - colours often change from time to time - TVs are generally always black now but in the past have been various colours - I remember a lot of silver was used in living room tech at one point and white often comes up.

To be honest I'd have got the one John Lewis had and ignore the sales assistant!! Although Argos have one in for a 42" screen.
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Old 05-11-2013, 22:25
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All AV stands are dust collectors and a nightmare to clean properly without stripping everything.

Whoever decides to manufacture large/shallow TV cabinets for modern TV's would clean up as not everyone wants a big chunk of glass and plastic on show all the time.
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Old 05-11-2013, 23:47
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All AV stands are dust collectors and a nightmare to clean properly without stripping everything.

Whoever decides to manufacture large/shallow TV cabinets for modern TV's would clean up as not everyone wants a big chunk of glass and plastic on show all the time.
Something like out of Thunderbirds would be great - floor opens up and all your AV gear slowly rises and gently clicks into place.

I think clear glass would stay looking dust free far longer than the black. My Humax 1000s is shiny black plastic and that is almost impossible to keep from showing the dust.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:04
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Mainly down to fashion, but a long lasting one for audio/video. Last crt tv I had was silver, can remember my family having a teak finish one when I was a kid...(and the black and white before that was in a wooden cabinet)

Black glass/gloss beats beige plastic teak hands down.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:10
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Mainly down to fashion, but a long lasting one for audio/video. Last crt tv I had was silver, can remember my family having a teak finish one when I was a kid...(and the black and white before that was in a wooden cabinet)

Black glass/gloss beats beige plastic teak hands down.
Go to Amazon ..half the price of any stores on a lot of tv stands I'm sure you will get a clear glass one .I have a black one for my 42 inch Samsung ..great quality and 40.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:08
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So that brings me to the point of the post - the only other option was black glass (at an affordable price). None of us were keen on black glass, we think they are dust collectors and don't look particularly nice anyway. Why are most of the stands black glass whether it be JL Currys Argos Amazon etc.?
They aren't particularly, we stock black, silver and clear - but by FAR the most popular is black - customers have the choice, but probably 90+% pick black. Incidentally, mine is black as well

I also think the 'pyramid' idea is pretty stupid, and the larger set and smaller stand looks just as good, or better.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:00
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Many years ago I was a cinema projectionist,our screen masking was,of course black,anything else would have been distracting.
Same with television,in my view,including the stand.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:09
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The salesperson looked aghast saying the aesthetics would be all wrong, that the base should always be wider than the TV, like a pyramid.
Wrong, wrong, wrong! It should be like an upside down Aztec pyramid. And black is the only colour for the avoidance of visual distraction.

(This reminds me of the toilet roll thread)
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:14
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Ive had black for ages, but thinking of a change now, as the Tv ive got now is white (40 incher), so was thinking about something like this one :- http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-...17197-pdt.html , when it goes back down in price again
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Old 06-11-2013, 18:48
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Wrong, wrong, wrong! It should be like an upside down Aztec pyramid. And black is the only colour for the avoidance of visual distraction.

(This reminds me of the toilet roll thread)
Well I need to have a look at an Aztec pyramid but of more interest what on earth was the toilet roll thread?

Why is clear glass a distraction? We have a clear glass stand for our smaller TV and I can't say I have ever been distracted by it?
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Old 06-11-2013, 18:53
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Something like out of Thunderbirds would be great - floor opens up and all your AV gear slowly rises and gently clicks into place.
Like this maybe?;

http://www.tv-lifts.co.uk/showroom.asp
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:10
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They aren't particularly, we stock black, silver and clear - but by FAR the most popular is black - customers have the choice, but probably 90+% pick black. Incidentally, mine is black as well

I also think the 'pyramid' idea is pretty stupid, and the larger set and smaller stand looks just as good, or better.
I don't doubt what you say about the pyramid argument being barmy, although I note that the manufacturers of these stands quote for sizes up to xx and x to. Why do they do this?
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:32
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Given that the whole point of the TV stand is to hold the TV and not be distracting in any way whilst watching it, isn't it pretty darn obvious why most of them are black? With alternative none distracting colours for the standard perhaps being red, or green, or yellow, or blue, or any other non black colours? Other than dark grey, I can't imagine any other suitable colour.than black.
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:56
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I don't doubt what you say about the pyramid argument being barmy, although I note that the manufacturers of these stands quote for sizes up to xx and x to. Why do they do this?
Basically a combination of 'suggested' screen sizes, and stronger stands for larger (heavier) TV's. Although modern TV's aren't very heavy anyway, until you get to monster sizes.

I'm perfectly happy with my 42 inch Plasma on a 32 inch stand (black)
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Old 06-11-2013, 20:02
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Given that the whole point of the TV stand is to hold the TV and not be distracting in any way whilst watching it, isn't it pretty darn obvious why most of them are black? With alternative none distracting colours for the standard perhaps being red, or green, or yellow, or blue, or any other non black colours? Other than dark grey, I can't imagine any other suitable colour.than black.
What is wrong with clear glass like we have, nothing to distract there. We find black not at all to our taste and the reflection from TV picture onto black surface a distraction in itself.

Just my view and in no way scientific.
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Old 06-11-2013, 20:11
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What is wrong with clear glass like we have, nothing to distract there. We find black not at all to our taste and the reflection from TV picture onto black surface a distraction in itself.

Just my view and in no way scientific.
That's simply 'personal choice', and is perfectly valid, and the OBVIOUS way to make decisions.

The manufacturers make different colours in order to give you that personal choice - so nothing wrong with whatever colour you choose, or whatever size. There's no 'right' or 'wrong'.
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Old 06-11-2013, 20:23
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What is wrong with clear glass like we have, nothing to distract there. We find black not at all to our taste and the reflection from TV picture onto black surface a distraction in itself.

Just my view and in no way scientific.
I think you answered your own question - that's your view but not everyone has the same view.
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Old 06-11-2013, 20:26
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That's simply 'personal choice', and is perfectly valid, and the OBVIOUS way to make decisions.

The manufacturers make different colours in order to give you that personal choice - so nothing wrong with whatever colour you choose, or whatever size. There's no 'right' or 'wrong'.
One area where I do consider black glass to have the advantage over clear glass and that is the ability to hide the wiring better. A very difficult job with clear glass.
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Old 06-11-2013, 21:14
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I don't doubt what you say about the pyramid argument being barmy, although I note that the manufacturers of these stands quote for sizes up to xx and x to. Why do they do this?
Any reputable stand manufacturer will quote the maximum weight it is designed for which is much more important. And basic physics tells us that a shorter distance between the legs will support more weight for a given strength of shelf.
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Old 06-11-2013, 22:38
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I bought a cheap new one a few weeks ago on eBay for fifty quid delivered, for our new "second set." It has a simulated wood effect top, (mostly as it won't show the dust and need cleaning every day) with two smoked glass shelves for the PVR, CD/DVD player and VHS recorder.

I don't subscribe to "the stand needs to be wider than the screen nonsense." Who needs something to take up more floor space, or notices the stand when you're watching TV?
I like it as you can tuck the snake's nest of scart leads under the back of the bottom shelf.

http://imageshack.us/a/img163/2004/bysa.jpg
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Old 06-11-2013, 23:25
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Any reputable stand manufacturer will quote the maximum weight it is designed for which is much more important. And basic physics tells us that a shorter distance between the legs will support more weight for a given strength of shelf.
Very true - we were looking at the stand supporting the weight of a 47" LED TV which is relatively light. I hadn't considered the possibility of such a stand supporting the weight of something like my 42" Plasma. An altogether different and much weightier proposition.
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Old 06-11-2013, 23:33
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I bought a cheap new one a few weeks ago on eBay for fifty quid delivered, for our new "second set." It has a simulated wood effect top, (mostly as it won't show the dust and need cleaning every day) with two smoked glass shelves for the PVR, CD/DVD player and VHS recorder.

I don't subscribe to "the stand needs to be wider than the screen nonsense." Who needs something to take up more floor space, or notices the stand when you're watching TV?
I like it as you can tuck the snake's nest of scart leads under the back of the bottom shelf.

http://imageshack.us/a/img163/2004/bysa.jpg
You're right that won't show the dust. We noticed looking round the stores the other day that the black ones show every atom of dust. My sister was like Hyacinthe Bucket wiping her finger across the shelves.
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Old 07-11-2013, 00:08
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http://www.homedit.com/minimalist-mo...el-bjurdstrom/


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Old 07-11-2013, 08:37
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Wow! When you start to look there really are a plethora of designs out there. The easel featured via your link is a very interesting concept. Not sure where you put all the AV kit most households have these days though?
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