solid wood media console in espresso on Cherry

We talk, chat, and/or email with a great many of our customers. One of the most common questions: "What is the most popular finish?" Here's our answer, in order of popularity.

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This post will help you keep your cool of your AV. It covers the air flow-through features of our solid wood media consoles plus strategies for arranging your gear inside.

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Here's a sneak peek at our coming new design, the Norwalk Media Console!

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We wish you a Happy Earth Day,
We wish you a Happy Earth Day,
We wish you a Happy Earth Day,
And an Earth-Friendly Console!


Wrong season? Actually, we sing this song all year long!

Sustainable Solid Wood. We build Standout Designs media consoles using local solid lumber that has been sustainably-logged from nearby Appalachian forests. What does this mean? The logging companies plant more than one tree for each tree harvested and the harvesting is done with consideration to the habitat needs of local wild life.

Recyclable Packaging. We pack and protect Standout Designs media consoles mainly in corrugated or honeycomb paperboard. These materials can all be easily recycled. So they do the job from our place to yours without having to then spend eternity in a landfill. Plus, according to several happy customers with small children, our large cartons make great indoor forts!

Recycled Pallets. We ship Standout Designs media consoles on sturdy wood pallets to safely transport our furniture to you in North America. Our pallet vendor makes them using lumber from discarded pallets rather than fresh lumber. Plus, we optimize the pallet size to reduce material needs and shipping weight.

Domestic (American) Production. We build Standout Designs media consoles in the USA. This helps Mother Earth in several ways. Breathe - and drink - easy: our furniture is made in compliance with tough environmental laws. Not so in many Asian factories that spew toxins into the air and water. And, the longest trip our furniture makes is to its new home - your home. By making our furniture in Pennsylvania using local resources, it does not travel thousands of miles on the high seas.


Our customers love that our furniture is made in America, by American craftspeople, using American lumber. We are proud that how we do it makes a world of difference.

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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
by BDI USA

OVERVIEW

   
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")

EQUIPMENT SPACE

   
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

SHELVING

   
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

AV FEATURES

   
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

DRAWER FEATURES

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

PERSONALIZATION

   
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
Cocoa
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

It's hard to deny that we have been noticeably absent from this blog of ours. It's because we have been hard at work enhancing all of our already-well-regarded TV stands for the holiday shopping season. First came the Haven EX, followed by Horizon EX. Now we are readying our third style, Majestic EX. Our "EX" solid wood TV stands are truly EXceptional. Our Pennsylvania craftsmen are building our most beautiful and capable media furniture yet. New finishes, new features. Can you tell we are EXcited?

Majestic EX goes into production next month. A small number of units will be available to ship before the year is out. Here are a few updates to the design:

Flush side edges
Mitered door and drawer frames
Soft-close hinges
Easy off/on back panels
Whisper EX Fan upgrade compatibility
Vented wood shelves that lock in place

 

UPDATE NOVEMBER 3, 2014: First Photo from the shop floor ...

Here is the upcoming Majestic EX in Rose on Cherry with Black Hardware.

Of all of our Standout wood TV consoles, the Haven 62" TV console prompts some of the most enthusiastic comments from our customers. It really fits the needs - and the space - of many people. In this post, we share a little about how it came into being. 

A TV Stand is Not a Microwave Cart

this is a microwave cart, not a tv stand Many people assume that we designed the Haven 72" first since it is similar in configuration to our Horizon N702 XL and Majestic e7022 media consoles. In fact, we began the Haven Collection with the Haven 62". We wanted to build something taller and narrower than our Horizons or Majestics yet still fit a hugely awesome huge center speaker.

We noticed - as you might have too - that a great many of the smaller TV consoles on the market lacked any real imagination. Put two equipment enclosures side-by-side, add an open shelf above and call it a day. To us, these TV stands looked very much like microwave carts.

First, A Nod to the Majestic e5030

Majestic e5030 solid wood media consoleThis was not the first time that we designed a console with dimensions like those of the Haven 62" TV console. You see, our distain for the "microwave approach" actually dates back to 2008, while we were designing the Majestic Collection.

The result was the Majestic e5030. It used some nifty flipper door hardware on the big doors to allow for easy, ding-free, opening and closing. As for look, well  people either loved it or hated it. Unfortunately, not enough people loved it and we stopped building it after about a year.

Designing the Haven 62" TV Console

The Haven concept really lent itself to our design "smaller cabinet with big capacity" objective. It allowed us to break from the strict symmetry that governed our other designs because the face frame, to paraphrase The Dude from The Big Lebowski, really tied the cabinet together.

What the Haven 62" wood media console design lacks in symmetry, it gains in visual balance. And it holds lots of AV gear, stores lots of media, and fits awesome centers like the Studio Paradigm CC-690 shown. Best of all, customers really love it!

Standout Designs has long been known on the web as THE source for marvelous solid wood TV consoles made in the USA. Our Haven TV consoles in particular have garnered a reputation for their many great - almost superhuman - strengths. Today, we are pleased to announce - in collaboration with Marvel Comics - our most marvelous AV console yet: the Special Limited Edition HAVENgers solid wood media TV console.

This marvel of an AV cabinet will be formally introduced at Comic Con in Philadelphia on May 30, 2013 by none other than actor Jim Parsons, of The Big Bang Theory fame. Clearly channelling his beloved character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Mr. Parsons briefly commented on this impressive assemblage of AV features thusly: "Comic books have fans, so why shouldn't intelligently designed, beautiful, high-end solid wood media consoles made in the USA? Like comic books, these fans are silent. And that's only the beginning."

To learn more of Mr. Parsons' thoughts on the HAVENgers Limited Special Edition 72" TV console, you will have to wait until he delivers his Comic Con address entitled "BAZINGA! It's Nothing But Wood." Those without a doctorate in a meaningful scientific discipline can evaluate and purchase the regular Haven 72" media console today at the Standout Designs web store. "It is also quite impressive."

 

Happy April 1st!

Keeping your finger on the pulse of the ever-changing landscape that is A/V is no easy task. Thankfully there are great sources on the web like CANADA HiFi Magazine. It is how we learned about this awesome new A/V Receiver from Pioneer the other day. In addition to excellent news covergage, there are great articles, like these targeted to AV Beginners. There are also Buyers Guides including an A/V Furniture Guide. And just to prove you CAN take it with you, the publisher offers a digital download edition. So check it all out.

 

Read CANADA HiFi Magazine's review of this new Pioneer AVR here.

 

Are there other A/V web sites that you find helpful? Feel free to share in the comments below.

 

 

 

As an American manufacturer of premium solid wood media consoles and TV stands, we aim to provide our customers with a great "out of the box" experience. As a consequence, our TV consoles are loaded with great AV features like wheels, removable back panels, big center shelfs, media storage, etc. But what about the box itself? Well, like the care we put into designing our high-end media furniture, we put plenty of care - for our planet - into our packaging!

Our first priority in packaging our TV furniture is making sure that we do everything possible to have it arrive to you in the same excellent shape in which it leaves the Pennsylvania factory. Our media consoles and other media furniture are packed extremely well. So well, in fact, that many testimonials that you see on our site and on Google actually call out how well the customer's TV console was packed. How does our over-the-top packaging help make our high-end American TV furniture green? Well, consider just the carbon footprint of the trucking involved when we need to reship a damaged unit: it is three to four times that of a successful shipment. Add your time and travel for the delivery/pickup appointments and it is even more. Thank goodness that rarely ever happens! The bottom line: We when pack your TV stand ultra well and the freight carrier does its job well, we all - including Mother Earth - win!

Our materials themselves are earth-friendly. Way back in 2006, when we first started making Standout high-end TV furniture, we packed our media consoles with EPS foam interiors. No more! Our wood media furniture is now packed almost entirely in recyclable corrugated materials fabricated by a nearby company. We use thin foam sheeting to protect the exterior wood faces from rubbing in transit, but the carton and the the box interiors are cardboard that can be recycled. Each piece of our TV furniture also travels on a wood pallet made by a company adjacent to our warehouse using reclaimed wood pallets. Those recycled pallets play a great role in your wood TV stand and other TV furniture making it to your home safe and sound.

So there you have it. In addition to packing a lot of value into our wood TV stands, media consoles, and other media furniture, we pack a lot of green into our packing!