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So you just bought a 65-inch LED HDTV but how exactly do you plan on mounting it to your wall? Where do you put your AV Receiver, Blu-ray player, and other AV electronics? Home Theater Review has the answers for you. From acoustical treatments to stylish AV furniture to slick HDTV mounts to comfy home theater seating ' you've found a resource of high end home theater accessory reviews right here. Click on as many as you like and enjoy.

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Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
 Chief RPA Elite Universal & Custom Projector Mount Reviewed

Chief RPA Elite Universal & Custom Projector Mount Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

One of the concerns when mounting a projector is the weight. How much can the mount take? With this idea in mind, amongst others, Andrew Robinson set about reviewing the Chief RPA Universal Mount. Read More

 
Monoprice Front Projection Ceiling Bracket 6528 Reviewed

Monoprice Front Projection Ceiling Bracket 6528 Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Everyone needs a gateway into an interest. Monoprice has many affordable products to help get people into the hobby - like the Front Projection Ceiling Bracket 6528. Andrew Robinson reviews it to see if affordable price means cheap performance. Read More

 
GIK Acoustics Scatter Plate Reviewed

GIK Acoustics Scatter Plate Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

A lot of times getting your system to sound better means getting your room to sound better. Andrew Robinson evaluates the GIK Acoustics Scatter Plate room treatment to see how effective the proposed solution is. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More

 
OmniMount Model 1N1-S, 13-32-inch HDTV Fixed Wall Mount Reviewed

OmniMount Model 1N1-S, 13-32-inch HDTV Fixed Wall Mount Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

A mount can seem like an interchangeable piece in your home theater. But like all things, the best stand out from the rest and make a difference. Andrew Robinson investigates whether or not the OmniMount 1N1-S is such a mount. Read More

 
Sanus Classic MLL12 Low-Profile HDTV Mount Reviewed

Sanus Classic MLL12 Low-Profile HDTV Mount Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sometimes when you need to mount your HDTV to you wall its best to adhere to Occam's razor with the simplest solution. With that in mind, take a look at the Sanus Classic MLL12 Low-Profile Wall Mount. Read More

 
Sanus Classic MLT15 Tilting Wall Mount Reviewed

Sanus Classic MLT15 Tilting Wall Mount Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Sanus MLT15 HDTV mount fell into the hands of Andrew Robinson for review. Robinson put the mount to the test to determine what exactly you are getting for you money. Read More

 
Cleat Mount Universal TV Mount Reviewed

Cleat Mount Universal TV Mount Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Wall mounting a television can be a very pleasing aesthetic solution, but it can also be complicated. According to Adrienne Maxwell, that is not the case with the Cleat Mount universal TV mount. Read More

 
ComfortVu Motorized TV Mount

ComfortVu Motorized TV Mount

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

You may not have heard of ComfortVu before, but get ready. If Adrienne Maxwell's review of this motorized television mount is any indication, you may be hearing that name a lot more often. Read More

 

AV Racks & Furniture Wiki

1.0 Overview of Home Theater Equipment racks
2.0 What does an AV Rack Do?
3.0 Types of AV Racks


3.1 Basic Shelving Systems

3.2 Modular Systems
3.3 Custom Designed Systems
3.4 Custom Installation Racks
3.5 Audiophile Racks
4.0 Benefits of a Quality AV Rack
5.0 Rack Accessories

5.1 Cable Management

5.2 Heat Control
5.3 Power Management
5.4 Lighting

1.0 Overview of Home Theater Equipment Racks

An AV equipment rack is designed to safely house all your audio and/or video components. The rack that works best for you will be determined by your system, how you use it and the design of your home and listening room. AV racks come in every price point and size, from simple utilitarian shelving systems to modern examples of extreme engineering offering every option available to maximize the sonic performance of your components. They can be designed to showcase the finest of gear or safely hide it all away in a closet, keeping the room looking clean and tidy. While many different types of racks are pre-made, racks and shelving systems can, of course, be custom-made to fit into any home.

2.0 What Does an AV Rack Do?
AV racks provide safe and secure platforms for all your audio and video equipment, and as such must be able to handle both the size and the weight of your specific AV components. Simple systems can be housed on thin boards, while large and heavy components can be very difficult to support. AV racks must allow for adequate ventilation to minimize heat buildup. High-end AV racks are expected to minimize anything that could be of detriment to the sound of the components it holds: external and internal vibration, heat, electro-magnetic interference and even grounding issues.

3.0 Types of AV Racks

3.1 Basic Shelving Systems
Either adjustable or fixed shelves, numbering in the range of one to six, in various finishes are available from any number of manufacturers and can easily be obtained at local audio stores. These racks come in all shapes and colors and can safely house smaller systems. Often, they are not capable of handling the weights of larger, beefier components or amplifiers. Some companies make matching TV stands to allow for walls of similar-looking furniture.

3.2 Modular Systems
A popular design available from many manufacturers, modular systems allow you to custom-tailor the rack to suit your current needs, while permitting easy adaptability for future expansion or contraction of your system. While most of these units are more expensive than the basic shelving systems, they are often worth the price difference for their increased flexibility and future-proofing.

3.3 Custom-Designed Systems
Racks can be custom-made by a good carpenter in beautiful wood finishes and built to match any décor. Prices for such custom systems are high, but they can be designed to compliment any room and décor so these rank high on the wife acceptance factor. Changes later on are often very difficult and expensive, so if you go this route, be sure to plan wisely.

3.4 Custom Installation Racks
These racks are common in systems where the components are to be hidden from view. They are often constructed of a basic metal frame with adjustable shelving heights and custom faceplates, so when the installation is complete, each component sits with its face flush to the front panel. While these racks offer a great deal of flexibility and can be made to any size, they are not very pretty, though they can handle massive weight. When they are closed in closets and/or small rooms, heat produced by the components can become an issue when using this type of rack. These racks often turn or slide out on rails to allow access to the rear of the components, while many homes have doors behind them for easy access.

3.5 Audiophile Racks
When only the best will do, there are hundreds of companies that build high-end, and high-dollar, racks for the audio and video purist. Prices and designs run the gamut, but expect high-end materials, such as carbon fiber, Sorbothane, granite and ultra-pure aluminum and steel in the construction. Many companies differ on what they deem most important, but all stress the importance of vibration control, heat dissipation and massive weight handling capabilities. Visco-elastic polymers and air bladders are just some of the materials various companies employ to minimize the effects of vibration on the performance of the AV components on these racks.

4.0 Benefits of a Quality AV Rack
Investing in a solid AV rack is often something consumers overlook when building a system, but your components need a safe and secure place to reside. Not only will this safeguard your gear from undergoing unnecessary trauma, but when the shelving system you choose minimizes vibration and extraneous interference from affecting your components, it allows then to perform at their best, giving you the finest sound possible. When investing large sums of money in an AV system, a good rack is a must.

5.0 Rack Accessories


5.1 Cable Management
Most if not all racks offer some form of cable management. Proper cable management will minimize interference and also make the entire system cleaner and neater.

5.2 Heat control
For most systems, adequate space is all that is needed for the safe dissipation of heat from the components, but when a rack is enclosed in a small room or closet, active heating control with ducting and fans can become necessary.

5.3 Power Management
The more components the rack holds, the more difficult providing power to the system becomes. Simple power strips to power regenerators with battery backup can all be added to any rack system to help manage the number of outlets needed and, in the latter case, can add significant improvements in performance.

5.4 Lighting
Depending on the placement and design of your rack system, lighting may need to be added to allow you to see the appropriate devices. Different racks offer many different designs, from small "overhead" fluorescent bulbs that can be turned on when necessary to small flexible turntable "cuing" lights and everything in between.