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Prepac Altus Wall Mounted Audio/Video Console, Black
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is a wonderful console to place under your wall mounted flat screen TV. I was looking for something that would get the TV/DVD/Cable wires up off the floor and hidden. This console does this beautifully. However, be prepared to have some time on your hands in order to mount this on the wall. My husband had the kit opened and was ready to put it up, when he realized there were no mounting screws. The directions did state that they were not included, but there were no guidelines as to what type to buy, etc. So, after a trip to the local Lowe's, the correct mounting equipment was purchased and he was ready to do the job. Everything went fairly well, although it was a bit trickly getting the holes drilled in the back of the unit. It's up now and is really solid. Very attractive unit, just time-consuming and tricky in some ways to put up. Also, we called the Prepac Helpline, asking if there was a kit with the mounting materials. All they could tell us was that there wasn't a kit and they referred us back to the seller for information. Anyway, they weren't much help.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
We received this unit in a very timely manner. Thank you Amazon!

All in all, we do like this product, thus the 5 stars. Our flat screen framed in black and this console looks great below it.

We installed the console low on the wall and had to use a Dremel tool to carve out a few areas where our outlets were hitting the console. This proved very easy given the composite wood.

A few thoughts about the product:

Pros:
- Great looking product. It is composite wood, but has a grain overlay that gives it a finished look.
- Easy to assemble. Total of 9 pieces plus assembly hardware. All pre-drilled holes are correct. You install a tongue and groove type of piece on the wall, then hang the console on this installed piece. This tongue and groove piece is not pre-drilled, so you can drill according to your stud spacing. (This was a relief, as we were concerned if this piece would be pre-drilled)
- Includes a place to hide your cables and power strip. There is a small shelf on the back that is accessible by a circular cutout. It works perfectly to use for a power strip and the extra cord lengths.

Cons:
- As others stated, it does not come with mounting hardware. We were aware of this fact, so we had the hardware on hand before it arrived. We used 3" long 1/4" lag screws installed in 3 studs. 2 lag screws per stud for 6 total.

- This is a slight con... The shelves are deep enough to fit a Dish Network's HD Receiver, but just barely. With the stiff HDMI cable, the front of the receiver is flush with the end of the shelf. Make sure you measure your components with enough extra room to accommodate cables before purchasing.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
We just got a new 60" TV that I wall mounted, I first tried the Mount-IT three tier glass shelves but the center of our TV (where you mount them) was only dry wall. We used the anchors as per the directions but after seeing the wall flexing and having one of the screw type anchors start to come lose I took it down immediately and started looking for a new entertainment center. My wife and I really wanted the floating look to go with the TV since the wires are ran down through the wall but wanted something that mounted to studs.

Install: we have 24" studs where the TV is mounted, the wall mount is mounted off center and the TV sits on it to the right a bit for where we wanted it on the wall so we were only able to span two Studs. For the support brace one 5/16 lag is 7" from the left hand side and one 24" from that, this left 15" on the right unsecured. While I was comfortable the two studs would hold the weight I used a 3/16 toggle a few inches from the right side just to keep it tight to the wall and for peace of mind. I mounted a powerstrip to the inside compartment wall with two short self tapping wood screws and really took my time on the wiring routing (we crammed a lot of equipment into this thing). We have it mounted on the wall so the back compartment covers the wall outlet, cable outlet, and outlet for the TV wires. While it is lower than some of the user pictures on here having it completely cover all wires from every angle it really gives a true "floating theater" feel to the room.

For the one reviewer who gave this a one star rating because they had to remove the unit each time they had to unplug something, in reality how often is that? I can reach the powerstrip switch from the bottom access hole. If you are worried about having to remove it frequently and still want the primary unit mounted to the wall here is what I did. Use a 3/8-16 x 4" Coarse/Standard Steel Plain Hanger Bolt from Home Depot which screws into the stud and leaves a threaded tip for a nut/washer. You will need to use a dremmel tool or similar to cut out an oval shape in the back to allow the up/down sliding motion needed to remove it over the lip of the support bracket but it works perfect, a few quick turns with a socket and the nut comes off, lift 1/2" and pull it out. Simple. Sure, it takes some extra work and maybe they could incorporate such a feature in the future but that is no reason to rate this outstanding entertainment center a one star.

My only con is the lack of hardware included. Sure this gives you the flexibility to mount it to your application as you see fit, but lets face it, a lot of people are that that 'handy'. They really should include a kit for installation, even if just a basic one. Heck, any wall mount TV bracket comes with all the hardware you would ever needed for any type of installation. I spent a total of ~$10 on hardware to install this.
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95 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Color Name: Black
I really like this console. Although this console isn't made of real wood, it is very sturdy and does a great job of hiding wires. It was very easy to assemble. Warning: This console needs 3 studs to be wall mounted. The reason I took off a star is because, 1. It came with NO wall mounting hardware. The manual included says they don't supply the hardware needed to mount the console to the wall. That is ridiculous! 2. This console does not hold 100 regular DVD cases like the advertisement says it does. It holds around 80 DVDs. (EDIT: The advertisement states 100 Blu-ray cases. I'm still going to keep the star off for not having any hardware to mount the console.)Other than these two flaws I do recommend the console.
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58 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This console is sikk, i put it together by myself.. nothing serious.. you just separate each and every piece in the box.. mark them with a post-it. C1.. C2.. etc, and the little pieces that come in the bag.. open the bag and separate them too.. and just begin the process. You can't lose. Before anything just go to your local home depot or hardware store and get yourself 1/4 x 3 in lag bolts because they don't supply it.. its like a $1.50 for 3 or 4 of them. i Used two lag bolts for two studs on the wall that i mounted it on. I used 4 for more security.. two lag bolts in the middle for the stud, and two 1/4" hollow wall toggle bolt anchors for the left and right corner. As stated in one of the reviews before mine, the wall will come down before this console. Its pretty awesome, it hides all your wires if you fish them correctly and boom!, you're good to go!
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I absolutely love this shelving unit- it's very sleek and modern looking. We just had it installed and it looks great. Because the shelves are so deep, you can't see the wires from the xbox, dvd player, cable box at all! We have an xbox, playstation, cable box, router, tons of DVDs and a receiver on the shelf and it's very sturdy. I definitely recommend this for below your mounted flat screen!! It really opens up your living room and adds space.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2012
Color Name: Black
I bought this for my daughters room, she and her friends like it. I hung it 41" from the floor to the top shelf, she uses the bottom shelf for her text books, I have a 42" LG lcd, which hangs 5.5" above the unit. I notice all of the shelves slope slightly downward. No wall mounting hardware, I bought 3 lag bolts, one for each stud. This unit comes in a very flat narrow box but I thought it was fun to put together, I was not able to break or strip any of the pieces. Your gonna need a drill bit about the size of the lag bolt for the piece of wood that attaches to the wall, a stud finder, and a smaller drill bit for wall so the lag bolts go in easier. Enjoy
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I saw this several times & decided to replace our 7 year old clunky TV Stand in the bedroom. The assembly took about 30-40 min. Installation time varies depending on your skill level but found it very simple to install within an hour or less. I also purchased the PowerBridge TWFP-WW thINWALL Solution Cable Management Kit (White) to conceal wires to the devices. Overall the console looks great & frees up a lot of space. If your thinking about purchasing this item checkout the youtube installation tutorial video if you're up for the task. [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
LOVE IT!! Perfect for our basement/playroom. It's a limited space, which we will use when the girls have sleepovers. This will keep floorspace clear. See picture.

This thing assembled in 20 minutes easy. Hanging it is where you need to take your time measuring. Centering on 3 studs was not an option for me, as this put it too far 1 way or the other. Fortunately (?), I must have some studs slightly off from the standard 16" OC. I was able to attach this to 4 studs, with the outer screws a good 3/4" away from the ends. Absolutely rock solid, and I'm sure it would be just as steady into "only" 3 studs as directed.

The older 32" TV (30lbs) is sitting directly on top (not wall-mounted), with Wii remotes and charging pads. Component level holds the DVD player, Wii and VCR. Bottom level is movies and games. The wire-routing is simple, functional, and invisible, routing everything to the hidden bottom panel (behind the movies/games). All of these items are plugged into a single power-strip. The powerstrip is then tucked up inside the bottom opening. Only about 6 inches of the powerstrip cord comes out, directly into the outlet. It's great!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I was concerned after reading some reviews about the difficulty of assembling and mounting this to the wall. It would have taken 30 minutes to assemble, and maybe 30 minutes to mount to the wall (with level, correct screws, etc). I didnt think it was that bad, and I am no handyman by any means.

I think it looks great, fits in perfectly with the black TV against a white wall, and houses my DVR, Xbox, and xbox games and remotes. Really has cleaned up the area very nicely.

1 star off because of the area that is to be used for the power strip (behind lower shelf). While a good idea to have a hidden space for this, I cant imagine how anyone would actually get TO it, short of ripping it off the wall and wiring everything. Thankfully this is not a concern for me as I have a simple surge protector/powerstrip in the main socket, so I run power cables up behind the tv.
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