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Hi everybody —  I’m David Huddleston with ListenUp in Colorado Springs. Today’s TechTip is going to be on design and furniture. We’re going to talk about some of the differences you need to look for when shopping for entertainment centers.

First of all, you’ll want to look for the right depth and ventilation, and you’ll also want to look for the height where the components will fit. Be sure there are no obstructions within the cabinet that might prevent a center channel from fitting correctly or a cable from exiting the back or the bottom properly. I will also show you some examples of Salamander and TechCraft, both of which work very well and I would recommend them. We have examples of both in our stores and each brand has proper ways to do ventilation, depth and height.

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Here is a piece from TechCraft, a company that builds furniture specifically for home theater and music applications. Some of the features you see here that you might not see on a product available at a regular furniture store are glass doors, which allow your remote to work through the door, a spot for center channel, and proper ventilation – 4 large slots on the bottom shelf. Since heat rises the best place to have ventilation is on the bottom. This will allow fresh air in and then the openings in the back allow for cables and for excess heat to exit. Also, with your TV on top this design allows cords to go down the back and then in right at the component creating a cleaner look from the front and from the sides.

Looking at this Salamander model, you will see that we can also wall mount it. This makes it flush to the wall and up off the ground for a more contemporary look. A common problem in entertainment centers is not enough depth, but not so with this piece. Most A/V components and stereo components are between 17 and 19 inches deep. This cabinet is 20 inches deep on the inside, which allows enough room for the cables reaching the knobs and room for the doors to close without hitting the components.  There is also ventilation in this piece that allows it to be completely closed and still have air flow.

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