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#1 posted 07-13-2017 02:53 AM

A little late to the conversation, but I’ll add what I learned doing something similar.

Make the TV opening larger than the TV you plan to use and install some fillers to close the gap, making them easy to remove to enlarge the opening for a bigger TV. You WILL eventually upgrade,

The center of the TV should be at eye level when watching. My large screen TVs (60 and 65 inches) are on shelves about 16 to 20 inches high. That puts the TV at the correct height for seated viewing. You can go a little higher if you need to, but consider this carefully.

The base units should be at least 20 inches deep to accommodate A/V receivers and necessary cabling behind them. 22 inches might be better.

Allow for a center speaker. Your design has doors centered under the TV, so you need to rethink that. Perhaps swap the doors and drawers below the TV so the top drawer space can be a center speaker instead.

You may want some open shelves for receivers/BD player/Sat receiver, etc. unless you are using an RF remote. You IR remotes won’t go through the doors and you want your equipment down low in the set up. Some smoked glass doors might allow IR remote use, not sure.

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