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Old 08-28-2015, 09:57 AM
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The family room TV was a tube version in an entertainment center. I am going to replace it with a LED and get rid of the entertainment center. I have to decide whether to put it on a stand or hand it on a wall.

What do you do for your family room TV and, if on a wall, how do you hide the wires running to the dvd player, video game console, etc.?
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In our last house, I had our big TV on the family room wall and every wire ran straight through the wall into a shelving unit in my office on the opposite side. One IR under the TV controlled everything. It was very convenient and looked great.

New house has the TV on a stand because the wall behind it is the exterior wall . . . nowhere to hide wires. Wires run down the main post holding up the set and into the boxes below. Not bad, but nothing near the "clean look" at the old house.
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If you're doing away with the entertainment center, put it on the wall and you'll effectively regain 2' of space.

As for wires, the "right" way to do this is to route power and an HDMI cable or two to a box in the wall behind the TV. That's a lot less work than you might imagine, a good handyman or electrican can knock it out quickly (1-2 hours tops) if you don't want to DIY.
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Ours is on the wall. We had the wires run down through the basement and back up into the hall closet where we keep all the boxes, Blu Ray players, modems etc. If you get a universal remote you should be able to put the gear well out of sight with no worries.
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Old house was on the wall. Only negative was the cable box, all the plug ins were plumbed behind the TV but I didn't really have the option/inclination to run the cable box into a closet or something because I wasn't going to be in the house for that long - fortunately tv was over fireplace and the cable box just sat on the mantle, not the cleanest set up but it was fine for me in a bachelor pad.

Current house I have in on a stand because it is an old house with plaster over beadboard. I bought a high dollar price of furniture TV stand that looks ok it just takes up a bunch of room and I much prefer the simplicity of a wall mount.
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Originally Posted by Frank007 View Post
The family room TV was a tube version in an entertainment center. I am going to replace it with a LED and get rid of the entertainment center. I have to decide whether to put it on a stand or hand it on a wall.

What do you do for your family room TV and, if on a wall, how do you hide the wires running to the dvd player, video game console, etc.?
Are the devices going directly below the TV?? Interior or exterior wall?

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I've done both. If you have a closet or extra room, behind or close by to the tv where you can store all of the components, the wall is the way to go. In my current house I use a stand because the wall it is against is exterior. The stand does take up space.

If you go for the wall mount make sure you mount it eye level. I hate going to friends houses and watching football and the TV is 7 ft off the ground. It's like sitting in the first row of a movie theater.
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Living room is mounted on a custom stand with shelves for DVR, cable box, stereo, sound bar, etc. Wires conveniently run up the back of the main post, out of sight for the most part. In the bedroom, went with a wall mount up high - easier to view while in bed.

Living room stand is similar to this, but with a drawer on the bottom for storing remotes, game controllers, DVDS and such. It's worked out really well for us instead of the huge old entertainment center we used to have.

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I had a shelf built above the tv for cable/modem/router. PS3 is my DVD player and fits nicely behind tv. Mount was from monoprice.com and swings out/side to side. Cheap Vizio soundbar and wireless sub/rear speakers. Can't see any wires anywhere, really.

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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
I had a shelf built above the tv for cable/modem/router. PS3 is my DVD player and fits nicely behind tv. Mount was from monoprice.com and swings out/side to side. Cheap Vizio soundbar and wireless sub/rear speakers. Can't see any wires anywhere, really.

The only thing I see is that black Coaxial cable against a white wall.

No offense intended. If it were in my house, it would bug the $hit out of me to the extent that I'd have the wall apart and outlet relocated behind the TV.

Of course, the bitching, fixing, repairing would drive my wife crazy; and I'd spend a week on the couch due to my lunacy . . . just the way it is.
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
The only thing I see is that black Coaxial cable against a white wall.

No offense intended. If it were in my house, it would bug the $hit out of me to the extent that I'd have the wall apart and outlet relocated behind the TV.

Of course, the bitching, fixing, repairing would drive my wife crazy; and I'd spend a week on the couch due to my lunacy . . . just the way it is.
You talking about the cord on the left dangling? That's the charger cord for wireless PS3 controller You're not the first person to say something about it, but I usually don't keep it like that.
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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
Are the devices going directly below the TV?? Interior or exterior wall?

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Exterior wall and no nearby closet to hide the components. If I do wall mount, I could use an old stereo cabinet. I don't know how that will look next to the TV hanging on the wall. If I do a stand, I would put the components in it.

I won't be in this house long enough to justify an elaborate wiring setup.

It is starting to sound like I may be buying a stand this weekend.
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On wall, at eye level. Some audio/video people say slightly above eye level - but I usually end up horizontal on the couch when I'm watching TV, so we have ours at eye level and like it.

I've been toying with the idea of upgrading, but can't bring myself to ditch a perfectly good 1080P for a 4k.

(Edit: To answer OP: All the entertainment stuff is in a separate cabinet in another room... so the only wires going to the TV are the HDMI, Power, and the IR Transmitter... which are behind the TV.)
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Living room is mounted on a custom stand with shelves for DVR, cable box, stereo, sound bar, etc. Wires conveniently run up the back of the main post, out of sight for the most part. In the bedroom, went with a wall mount up high - easier to view while in bed.

Living room stand is similar to this, but with a drawer on the bottom for storing remotes, game controllers, DVDS and such. It's worked out really well for us instead of the huge old entertainment center we used to have.

This looks like a nice stand. Do you recall where you got it?
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It really depends on the room and it's furnishings.
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Bello makes some nicer looking stands...
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I'm having every TV wall hung in my new house. All cable boxes for first floor and basement in a basement closet along with all the surround sound speaker wires. . 2nd and 3rd floors are being run into each rooms closet. HDMI and power behind each TV. Don't plan on seeing a wire anywhere.
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Originally Posted by Frank007 View Post
This looks like a nice stand. Do you recall where you got it?
As said, ours is actually different than this, but similar with the shelves. We bought ours at Fry's Electronics. They had a decent selection of stands with shelves like this; $200 - $250 range or so. Some cheaper models, too, but not as nice. .
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Wife and I had the same problem. We had a lot of money in our entertainment center so we had a local furniture refinisher cut it down to 36" doors and all and re attach the top. Worked out pretty well.
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Ours is on a stand. Actually an extra end table that matches the furniture. Won't be in this house long, so not bothering to do wiring etc..

X3 on mounting at eye level.

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