In this first installment of our "Head-to-Head Reviews" blog, we compare our Majestic e7022 solid wood TV console to the BDI Novia 8429. Review the chart below to see some major differences. For example, the Majestic e7022 has more equipment room, active cooling, and many options available. Plus the Majestic e7022 is made of real wood in the USA while the BDI Novia 8429-2 is made of veneer on MDF in China.
|Overall Dimensions||70" W x 22" H x 22" D||74" W x 23" H x 22" D|
|Country of Origin||USA||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 18" H x 19-7/8" D||17-3.4" W x 16-1/4" H x 19-1/4" D|
|Center Speaker (in drawer)||24-15/16" W x 7-3/4" H x 14-3/8" D||24-3/4" W x 7" H x 14-1/4" D|
|Center Speaker (no drawer)||27" W x 8-9/16" H x 20" D||26-3/4" W x 8.5" H x 16-1/2" D|
|Material||Tempered Safety Glass (1/4")||MDF veneer (1/2")|
|Weight Capacity||50 lbs||50 lbs|
|Shelf Positions (32 MM spacing)||7||5|
|Concealed Speaker Compartment||Yes||Yes|
|Active Ventilation||Yes - temperature-controlled quiet fans||No|
|IR-Friendly Door Glass||Yes||Yes|
|Removable Back Panels||Yes||Yes|
|House gear in space below speaker shelf||No||Yes|
|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 Cherry
Solid Red Oak
Solid Hard Maple
Solid Black Walnut
|No - only Cherry veneer on MDF|
|Choice of Finishes||Black
Natural (Clear Topcoat)
|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 top drawer media drawer upgrade||Yes||No|
We will be the first to admit it - buying furniture for your home theater over the web is NOT easy. There are lots of site offering lots of entertainment furniture at lots of different price points but not a whole lot of details, accurate or otherwise. We make it easier by providing our visitors with lots of detailed information and lots of photos. Plus we send out free wood/finish samples free of charge. We still receive questions, of course. Often, for example, a shopper wants to know how our Product X compares with a competitor's Product Y. As a result, we decided to start this "head-to-head" blog, where, with a nod to Joe Friday, we will present you with just the facts.
We are proud to say that our AV furniture is made in the USA by proud Americans. More specifically, it is made in Pennsylvania by proud Pennsylvanians, in the state where our Nation's founding fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence. Our cabinets do not depend on Chinese labor or Chinese MDF or Chinese particleboard like so much of the "TV furniture" offered these days. Our furniture is crafted by American hands working with genuine American hardwoods.
In recognition of the July 4th holiday, our offices are closed July 4. At times, help will be available via chat and email.
We wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th!
Alan and your Standout Designs Teams
I would like to share a favorite story of mine, one that my Dad told me when I first started working with him at Cabinet Industries. When CI began making cabinets for television manufacturers back in the 1940's, it used real wood, of all things, to build them. TV's were outrageously expensive then and the TV cabinets were likewise very high-end. The TV company buyers were quite demanding. For example, naturally occurring "figure" grain - like bird's eye in Maple - were not welcome (see the photo to the right for an example).
As the television industry evolved over the next few decades, the TV manufacturers cared more and more about the electronics and less and less about the TV cabinet that housed the electronics, at least when it came to budgeting costs. Pressure to reduce the TV cabinet cost component led to something that might sound familiar in the Ikea age: real wood was out and "engineered wood" was in.
Masonite - a pressed fiberboard - made its way from the back of the TV cabinet to the cabinet's top and sides. To make this possible, CI invested in a special printing press (affectionately called "the print line") to literally print wood grain on the very smooth, plain material that was Masonite.
If you have made it this far, you must be wondering by now what about this TV furniture history lesson could possibly make it a favorite of mine. Well, when CI designed the print roller patterns that would determine the grain printed on the Masonite, the TV company buyers insisted that the rollers have a little bird's eye. Why? To make the simulated wood grain look...more realistic!
So there you have it. I think about it virtually every time I gaze upon a piece of our beautifully unique American solid wood furniture - just like my Grandfather use to make!
Until next time,
Welcome to our new web store, powered by the Shopify e-commerce platform. We hope that you enjoy your time shopping with us. Today's re-launch would not have been possible without the tremendous talents and efforts of Grant Eagon, Senior Developer at SineLabs. So THANK YOU Grant for making our every web store dream come true! Now take a few days off.
This blog is titled "The Cabinet Corner" after a column that appeared for decades in the (printed) employee newsletter of the company that gave rise to Standout Designs. For decades, Cabinet Industries, Inc. made high-quality TV cabinets for TV manufacturers (for you youngsters out there, TV's were once housed in cabinets). CI founder Joseph Adler established "The Cabinet Corner" and Stanley Adler continued it after taking the Cabinet helm. Perhaps we can persuade Stanley Adler to contribute a post here!
In addition to sharing many tales from CI's nearly 60 years of making TV cabinets from Dumont in the 1940's to Sony in the 2000's, we will use this blog to discuss all things Standout, AV, furniture, and just plain-old interesting (to us at least).
Alan Adler, Founder
Standard Delivery is included with your console purchase. It is performed by one person with a dolly or hand truck. You may need to help steady larger items (like the Haven EX 82w) on the dolly or hand truck.
White Glove Delivery cost varies with shipment weight. Starting at $120 for up to 240 pounds. Each additional 20 pounds (or portion thereof) is an additional $15.
White Glove Delivery is performed by one or two people depending on the size of the pieces ordered and whether or not flights of stairs are involved.
Need more info or have questions? See our Shipping & Delivery page. Or email, call, or chat with us! We'll be happy to discuss with you.
* In cases where our freight carrier charges a surcharge due to its difficulty in reaching a particular destination (e.g. an island), additional charges will apply. We will contact you in such cases to alert you to the charges, and if necessary, cancel the order.