BDI Novia 8429-2 v. Standout Designs Majestic EX

December 03, 2014

As we've begun building our latest Majestic, the Majestic EX, it is time to update this popular comparison with the Novia 8429. Review the chart below for some big differences. For starters, the Majestic EX is primarily real wood and made in the USA while the BDI Novia 8429-2 is veneer on MDF and made in China. 


Majestic e7022 Solid Wood AV console made in USA by Standout Designs

Majestic EX (Rose on Cherry)
by Standout Designs 

Novia 8429-2 veneer on MDF TV stand made in China by BDI USA

Novia 8429-2


Overall Dimensions 70" W x 22" H x 22" D 74" W x 23" H x 22" D
Country of Origin Media TV Stand made in USA USA BDI 8429-2 TV Stand Made in China China
Materials Solid sustainably-logged local Pennsylvania Hardwood (no MDF or particleboard veneer) Cherry veneer on MDF (Don't be fooled by misleading language like "real wood construction")


Side Enclosures 19-3/4" W x 17-1/4" H x 20-1/4" D 17-3.4" W x 16-1/4" H x 19-1/4" D
Center Speaker (in drawer) 25-1/2" W x 7-3/4" H  x 14" D 24-3/4" W x 7" H x 14-1/4" D
Center Speaker (no drawer) 27-1/2" W x 8-3/4" H x 21" D 26-3/4" W x  8.5" H  x 16-1/2" D


Material Lumber-banded veneer-core plywood (1/2") MDF veneer (1/2")
Ventilated Yes Yes
Weight Capacity 60 lbs 50 lbs
Shelf Positions (32 MM spacing) 9 5
# Included 4 2


Concealed Speaker Compartment Yes Yes
Hidden Wheels Yes Yes
Cable Management Yes Yes
Adjustable Shelves Yes Yes
Passive Ventilation Yes Yes
Active Ventilation Temperature-controlled quiet fans available No
IR-Friendly Door Glass Yes Yes
Removable Back Panels Yes Yes
Back panel behind speaker drawer removable so rear-ported speakers can breathe Yes No
House gear in space below speaker shelf No Yes


Dovetail Joinery Yes No
Infinite Divider Placement Yes No
Store Media Vertically to Max Storage Yes No


Choice of Door Glass Yes - Clear or Tinted No - Tinted Only
Choice of Decorative Hardware Yes (Black or Brushed Nickel) No
Choice of Woods Solid American Ash
Solid American Cherry
Solid American Walnut
No - just Cherry veneer on MDF
Choice of Finishes Black (Ash)
Espresso (Cherry)
Rose (Cherry)
Sunrise (Cherry)
Natural (Walnut)
Natural Stained Cherry
Optional Full Grill When Drawer Removed Yes No
Optional wood door panels Yes No
Optional door fabric grill panels Yes No
Optional additional adjustable shelves Yes No
Optional use of top drawer to store media Yes - wood panel and dividers included  No

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