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Very sturdy, lots of room for big components
on May 11, 2013
I bought this stand to replace a 42" Walker Edison stand, which also had a tv mount. The Walker Edison was a nice stand but too small for my components. (Some notes on the Walker Edison at the bottom if you're comparing the two.)
The Aviton provides plenty of space for big components, which was important for me. The stand is 44" wide with 11" of vertical space between the bottom shelves and 8" between the middle and top shelves. The depth of the shelves is 15.5" bottom, 17.5" middle and 14" top. My Pioneer AV receiver is on the bottom shelf and has about 3" of space behind it for wires, banana plugs, etc..
The TV mount has three height options. I used the highest option and my 50" plasma is 62.5" (5' 2.5") from the floor and doesn't lean. There is 11.5" of space between the top shelf and the bottom of the TV, which easily fits my 5" high center channel speaker.
The construction of the metal frame is great for the price. Some reviewer complained that the metal work isn't high grade - and it may not be - but for its intended purpose the frame is solid and square and the pre-drilled holes line up fine. The instructions say not to tighten the bolts until the end and this is why - you need to move the frame around a little to line up some of the holes. It took me about 90 minutes to put the stand together and mount my plasma. All the parts were included, well labeled, and the instructions were easy to follow, just take your time.
The bottom shelf seems to be made of particle board with a glossy top, the second and third shelves are dark tempered glass. The bottom two shelves are supported in their centers by the frame so there was no bending (deflecton) under my components. The top shelf is supported by two bars on the sides, which should be sufficient for a center channel speaker.
Yes, it shows dust and finger prints. That's why they make dusters and remotes.
Overall, I'm very happy with it. It should last a long time.
Re: the 42" Walker Edison I replaced, it is also a great stand, well built and looked great (if you like cherry wood furniture), but the height between the bottom shelves was just under 7", which wasn't sufficient for my A/V receiver, and the wood frame covers the ends of the shelves, leaving about 32" of open width on each shelf, which crowded my components. The 60" version of the stand might have worked but I don't have that much space. If you don't need a lot of space for components and prefer the cherry wood frame on the Walker Edison, buy that one.