Entertainment Centers for Flat Screen TV’s

Picking out furniture that will compliment your TV and décor can be worrisome. There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for a new entertainment center for your flat screen TV: How much storage space do you need? Should you mount your new flat screen TV to the wall? Where will you place your TV? What is the difference between a TV Rack and a TV stand and which one will be best for your new flat screen TV?

When shopping for a new entertainment center, it is important to keep in mind that the media room is used as a place of relaxation and escape and will most likely be around for a while. The entertainment center serves as focal point of any room. People naturally draw attention to the TV when a show or movie is on. Picking out a stylish and practical entertainment center is paramount.

Styles and Ideas

TV stand’s can serve as a functional and alluring way to display your TV. This white TV stand is equipped with plenty of storage for all of your different A/V components and media devices.

Modern TV stand

The flat screen TV is mounted to the wall with a low profile TV mount.  TV mounts are great because they create the allusion that your flat screen TV is “floating.”  It also reduces the risk of damages to your flat screen.

Entertainment Centers have come a long way. In the early 80’s through the 90’s, entertainment centers were designed traditional styles and for family homes. There wasn’t much room for versatility in styling due to the fact that mainly because it attracted a certain type of consumer. These days, entertainment centers come in many shapes and forms and are found in almost every home.  Some entertainment centers are equipped with lighting, which allows for you to subtly showcase your décor while still keeping your flat screen TV as the focal point of the room.  If you have a large media collection then having a lot of storage is essential. Open shelves are great because you can display your media collection and favorite décor in a central place.

Entertainment center with lighted shelves and plenty of space to showcase your decor.

AV Racks and. TV Stands 

Another popular option for showcasing your flat screen TV is AV racks. There is not much of a different between and AV racks and TV stands. AV racks stand for Audio Video and are designed specifically for audio and video devices. Often times they come equipped with a wire management system so that way you can properly store your device cords. AV racks can stand alone or act as an addition to your current entertainment center. TV stands are very similar to AV racks, but usually are built with a larger design in order to accommodate a TV. Most TV stands to have AV storage available.

Glass AV rack is great for housing all your audio and video components.

A TV rack is a great option to consider for your flat screen TV. It provides a clean place to showcase your collection and AV components. Most TV racks and stands require additional mounts for your TV.

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Entertaining White Furniutre

White furniture has become very popular in recent furniture trends. A white-on-white color schematic suggests simplicity, purity, and is considered to be the combination of perfection. It also invites serenity into places and is considered to a color that promotes relief and promotes a stress free environment. Another reason for the popularity in white furniture is that white furniture is usually less expensive due to the lack of color treatment that colorful fabrics require. Furniture trends are starting to notice that consumers are more interested in interchangeable key pieces. This suggests a more affordable way to spruce up a home. Instead of shopping for new furniture, it is much more affordable buy accent décor.

white entertainment centers

White is a minimalist color that is very versatile and can go with any décor. White entertainment centers and tv stands, are popular because it creates a perfect balance of focal points.

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniutre Crescent White TV console

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniutre Crescent White TV console has a clean design and minimalist style, that will draw attention to your TV rather than a distracting TV stand.

Modern white entertainment center designed by Dinec Expression

Dinec Expression TV stand has a modern design with functional capabilities. The box legs give this tv stand contemporary appeal. Stainless steal hardware pulls coordinate perfectly with white.

vintage and retro elements combined with a modern style. This TV stand expresses a futuristic design due to its side-ways sliding front doors.

This TV stand, created by Furnitech, has a vintage and modern appeal to it. The unique front doors slide from left to right and right to left, reveling storage space for media essentials and AV components.

A lot of furniture manufactures are incorporating white with modern elements. Modloft is a furniture manufacture who specialized in creating elegant modern furniture and presents the Modloft Lexington TV Stand for home entertainment centers. This TV stand has minimalist design that perfectly complements any desired focal point in your entertainment room.

The Allen collection, by Modloft, is another example of modern trends in white furniture. It has a very simple and functional design. The silver hardware pulls are fashioned in a horizontal manner, creating a clean and contemporary allure.

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How to Wire Home Entertainment Center (Part 2): Connecting TV to video console to sound

Connecting the TV to a video console such as a DVD player, Blu-Ray player or a gaming console is rather simple and easy. When purchasing a new entertainment center, consider looking for entertainment center with built in wire management systems.

A wire management system consists of two circular wholes, one on top and one on the back placed about 90 degrees from the top. A wire management system provides a centralized location for all of your wires to thread and also allows proper air flow to your machines. This is very important because it keeps all of your essential wiring in one location.

How to connect the TV to video console and surround sound:


Most DVD players, Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles are built with audio decoders. This allows for the audio to be decoded into multiple channels and sent to the receiver for amplification. Some, however, don’t have built in audio in which you must use a connecting cable in order to for your surround sound system to pick it up. If you DVD player that does not have all the bells and whistles then you will need to purchase an audio/video receiver to handle the decoding amplification.

How to Connect a DVD to Surround Sound Video Guide 

Step 1: Connecting a video console to your surround sound is the same as connecting a cable box to the surround sound except that the input cables are reversed. Some TV’s only have one HDMI input and if this is the case for you, then you will need to find another one.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI connection, located in the rear of your DVD player, to the output of your television. If you purchased an audio/video receiver, they must have the same HDMI outputs are your DVD player.
Step 3: Once the audio is received, it can be decoded and amplified and sent to your speaker system.
Step 4: Turn your TV and DVD player on and select the audio menu and highlight digital audio output. Make sure to check the owner’s manual for specifications because each system has small variations.

 

 

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Getting your Entertainment Center Ready (Part 1)

Connecting Cable or Satellite Box to a TV Surround System

More and more people are looking to stay home when it comes to movie entertainment. Due to technological innovations in home entertainment equipment, it is now easier for people to have high quality entertainment in their homes. The only set back to building a state-of-the art entertainment center is the wiring complexities. If there are any wiring miscalculations your new system may not play. To alleviate frustration, follow this simple how-to guide to help with wire management.

Connecting the Cable or Satellite Box to a TV and Surround System:

connecting cable or satellite box to a TV surround system

Step 1: There are a number of ways to connect your television to your cable box. In true HD TV’s you want to use the HDMI, DVI or Component wires (RGB). If TV is not high definition then you will use the composite cables which are the red, white and yellow cables. REMEMBER- the connections on the cable box or satellite box side need to be in the box’s OUTPUTS and on the TV and surround sound receiver, and then need to be in the INPUTS.Step 2: To connect the digital surround sound, your TV should have a digital coaxial HDMI, or optical in the red and white cables; from your cable or satellite box audio OUTPUT to your TV’s audio INPUTput. To turn on the audio from your TV, connect the composite audio cables, which are

Step 3: If you choose to use the HDMI cable, then it will deliver both audio and video to your TV. Be aware that some HDMI audio signals will not pass through when connected from the cable box to the receiver to the TV. . Then connect a digital cable from your cable or satellite box to your surround sound receiver.

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Living Room Decorating Ideas: Modern Entertainment Centers

An entertainment center is designed to be the focal point of any room that it’s placed in. But who says that your house has to have an old entertainment center that was designed in the late 80’s? Just like technology has evolved, so have entertainment centers. People are moving towards trendy and modern entertainment centers as opposed to the big bulky ones that were popular in the furniture industry. View our top 5 pick of modern entertainment centers.

 

 

700185 Model Entertainment Center

Contemporary design with a clean cappuccino finish that will complement any decor. Beautiful contemporary cappuccino finished wall unit featuring front doors. Plenty of storage space for your electronic equipment, movies, CD’s, art and other favorite items. Made of cappuccino finished solids and veneers.

700173 Model Entertainment Center

Transparent display shelving and lighting. Experience the unique styling and contemporary design of The 700173 Model Entertainment Center. This maginifcent piece inspires a modern uncluttered appearance with it’s transparent display shelving and cabinet doors. The deep cappuccino finish crafted with poplar wood and basewood veneer offers an elegant and sophisticated neoteric appearance as ambient push-bottom lighting softly illuminates the exquisite display

Exception W117-60 60″ TV Credenza

Casual and contemporary with minimalist design.For casual elegance that complements the decor of any room in your home, and a large configuration that is designed for bigger TV’s, look to the Exception W117-60 60″ TV Credenza. This striking unit combines replicated oak grain veneer with a deep Merlot finish and satin nickel-colored hardware to create a bold statement in style, while the solid wood frame is sturdy enough to hold up to 4 A/V components and a larger flat panel TV. Four additional storage drawers provide ample space for DVD’s, games, remotes or other items. Enjoy the modern upscale design that this TV Cabinet brings to your living space or home theater area.

BellO FP4858HG 50″ TV Rack

Sterling silver and glass combination attribute to the ultimate modern feel.The Bell’O FP4858HG has three ways to display your flat screen TV: You can set the TV directly on the stand where tempered glass and sweeping legs provide enough strength to hold a 125lb. TV. You can also hang the TV on the included swivel stand with universal mounting bracket, or you can use the bracket to hang your TV on the wall. No matter which style you choose, this TV Stand will wrangle your TV and home theater system without taking up too much space. Additional features include powder-coated scratch resistant finish, adjustable feet, open architecture and the CMS® Cable Management System to hide connection cables. You will enjoy the contemporary design and versatility this unit brings to your living space.

720034 Model 67″ TV Stand

Unique circular TV stand with glass and sterling silver featuresThe future is here! The 720034 Model 67″ TV Stand combines cutting edge design with exceptional functionality. The ultra-modern design, black finish and tubular metal construction catches the eye while the smoked glass shelves provide ample storage space for A/V components, media or treasured keepsakes. The TV bracket has adjustable height and works with most TV’s. You will enjoy the futuristic design this unit brings to your home or office theater.

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Wall Mounting Your Flatscreen Television (part 2)

After determining the appropriate bracket to fit the weight and size of your television system and the ideal location for your type of bracket is picked out, its type to start the real work.
The ideal wall situational involves a wall where studs can be easily defined behind the surface (using an stud locator). Because hollow-wall anchors will not hold television mounts, a sturdy material is needed to properly support the heavy weight.A concrete or brick wall, however, will also work well when using concrete anchors to mount the bracket. Check with your local hardware store for more information.

BellO 7842B Articulated TV Wall Mount

Use a stud finder and mark each edge of the studs with a pencil near the location of your ideal placement. Locate the center of each stud and make another pencil marking at the correct height that you had determined before. Next, use your measuring tape and pencil and draw a horizontal line through the middle of your wall bracket.

Align the center of the bracket with your wall marking that indicates the exact center and height of your stud. Slowly position the bracket towards the ideal location that you had determined earlier and try to line up a hole  or two in the bracket with the center line of your wall stud. A general rule is that an 80 pound television can be anchored to a single stud but for televisions larger is is recommended to find and utilize two. If everything looks good, make a marking to indicate the bracket holes that align with the stud center.
Today’s mounts do allow you to adjust a few inches to the left or right to better match your ideal location. But keep in mind that a solid mount should take precedence over the most desired location.

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Wall Mounting Your Flatscreen Television (part 1)

A wall mounted television installation as a very simple task and this outline below is only meant as a useful guide of informative information and should in no way be a substitute for professional planning when conducting your installation.Please seek the assistance of a contractor or professional installation technician when dealing with electrical wires or if you are in any way unsure about the installation.

Taking on the task of doing your own wall mounted television installation should consist of plenty of planning along with the the old construction rule of measuring twice. That being said, the first step to installing Your TV Wall Mount is to decide on the final positioning of your television and knowing exactly what type of wall you will be working with.

It is absolutely crucial to the final outcome, as well as to your own safety that you correctly recognize the strength of your wall and your ability to locate wood or metal studs. Also, coordinating the correct bracket or wall mount system to match the size and weight of your television is essential to a long lasting install. To find more information wall mount sizes and size requirements, please visit EntertainmentCenterSpot.com’s sections on Brackets by Weight and Brackets by Television Size Sections.

Bell'O 7740B Low Profile TV Wall Mount

When deciding on your ideal position it is best to keep in mind a wall that will allow you to add more furniture to your living room scene and perhaps the direction of light based on the the type of television you own. Also consider what looks best and what best fits the flow of traffic bin your house. Remember you are essentially freeing up floor space with a wall mounted install so explore all of the possibilities to best the best scene possible.

Deciding on the ideal height requirements will vary with every different room scene as well as with the size of your television.  If you are conducting your installation with a flat mount system then you will want the very center-line of the mount to be positioned at eye level from your seating area. A tilting mount is a good solution to making adjustments for your ideal viewing area after an install. Downwards tilting can often be customized to your seating area where a straight-forward mound may lead to neck straining if positioned too high so keep this in mind.

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Wall Mounting Your Flatscreen Television (introduction)

Nothing says helps you to complete your entertainment super spot than  equipping your den or living space with an impressively large television system. A Sunday morning football game becomes a family event while movies and games can easily become the staple of your family time when your gathering area centers on the glow of a formidable plasma, LCD or LED television. But what is the best way to display your new television?

Pecan Cherry Fireplace 55" TV StandMany people opt for the the classic entertainment center  or corner tv stand in their home and there are plenty of benefits to bring such a stand to your living room scene.  Most entertainment centers are equipped with various cabinet spaces in order organize their multimedia items and invite even more opportunities to decorate their space. Fireplace Stands like the Classic Flame Carmel 28mm764 not only provide support for today’s new television systems but can bring heat to your living spaces while infusing your home with brilliant ambiance.

More and more, the route many people are taking with their thin television systems is by way of wall mounting, and this itself brings unique benefits to your entertainment area. Wall mounting a TV does not have to be a task that requires hiring a contractor and purchasing services from your local electronics dealer, but it does take some tools and some know how to produce a professional job.

In the coming weeks, we aim to prove some how-to guidance that when done at your own risk, can help you successfully plan and install your flat screen television on the wall of your choosing. Browse a wide selection of tilting and stationary mounts for EntertainmentCenterSpot.com and follow this quick, 3-part series to guide you on your way to having a professional looking TV Wall Mount installation.

 

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Living Room Decor Basics

Instilling style and appeal to your family room setting can be a difficult task for some. Like anything else, sometimes an abundance of costs and lack of ideas can detour someone from completing a decorating projects. Many living room or den scenes can start with a simple and specific design theme but over time can quickly become a hodgepodge of collected items and clutter.

Making a house a home doesn’t have to be a costly or difficult task. There are alot of places to gain with this. Television programs and online design guides like this are readily available to help you complete your home. All it takes is a little direction and guidance to help you create a unique style while saving yourself money and time.

Nothing prepares a living room scene quite like window treatments. There is something about light control that sets the tempo for a relaxing space and when a stylish curtain or well designed set of blinds dresses a window the atmosphere in an otherwise empty space can begin to feel comfortable. Save a little coin by pre-measuring your windows and browsing discount sections inf department stores and home improvement centers. A simple curtain rod and a nice fabric from a craft store can do wonders for the appeal of your home.

The right furniture can help plenty with both form and function. Not only can the right arrangement for your room scene accommodate family, guests and display your electronics, but the variety and styles of today’s furniture can help set the tone of your space from everything from a classic scene to a modernly designed space.

Buying furniture has never been cheep but there are some good guidelines to follow that will help you find a style at a price youu can afford. Browse different styles online and see what appeals to your tastes. One of the best ways to define a look that coordinates with your home is to visit a website like the design style section of entertainmentcenterspot.com to refine a look. And finally, shop online for the best deals. Many online vendors buy in bulk and reduce costs associated with department stores to offer pricing that is easily below retail.

 

 

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Picking the TV to Complete Your Entertainment Center (Part 3)

Today we conclude our series on sorting through the determining factors of picking your ideal HDTV Setup.

COST

There is always a cost factor when replacing a household item and just like with SofasandSectionals.com, many of the best ways to save money is to find an online deal by a reputable company.

Here are some final things to consider when purchasing a new HDTV.

A larger screen model will cost more on any TV type, but consider your room size and the distance you will be viewing from.  Generally speaking, Plasma are usually more money than LCD televisions and LED are pricier than the two. Check for deals around holidays and keep on eye out in the weekly ads for sales.

Debunking some of the common conceptions.

“Plasma Does not perform as well at higher altitudes” -  Television systems sell just as well in Colorado as they do in California. Very early models contain warnings concerning operation at higher elevations but this was a time before HDTV and a thing of the past.

LED and Plasma TVs have a shorter display life span. Early reports concerning screen life estimated about 30,000 hour lifespan. This time frame means that at 8 hours of viewing per day would only equal 9 years of life. Most television manufacturers estimate that today’s television actually last upward to 60,000. Think about this, Do you still own a television that is 18 years old?

To sum everything up

If you like to watch sports and live action on your Television, then Plasma may be the way to go. If you want to save a little money and enjoy your television set in front of your large bay window, then an LCD Television can help you there. If you need the absolute best and money is no option, then get yourself a brand new LED television.

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