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Tresanti Vanguard Golden Cherry Media Center with MonsterPower
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Los Angeles, CA
I struggled to find a simple stand for my electronics and new plasma that had a bit of character and looked more like a piece of
living room furniture than some ultra cold modern wanna-be rickety tower of aluminum bar and glass shelving. Not as simple as it might sound. Sure, there are tons of cases that are at the very least, functional, but they could almost all double as my coffin when the time comes. Cold, boxy, and something no one is really thrilled to look at. I could find what I was looking for if I was willing to pull my kid out of school and divert his tuition towards my local AV custom cabinet guy, but I was hoping to find something a little more reasonable. So I was excited at the prospects of the Tresanti, at least from what I could tell from the limited photos online. I would have preferred to check one out in person, but that simply wasn't possible. After scouring the web for days, and finding no viable options - I bit the bullet on this one. [...] It comes in one big box, slightly disassembled. Initially I feared that the wrong model had been sent since after cutting away the box, I didn't see any feet. It turns out they come strapped to the underside of the cabinet along with the manual, and glass shelves. They are easy enough to attach with a philips head screwdriver. I did this myself despite the instructions recommending it be done by two people. The box says it weighs 150lbs, but it's still pretty easy to get into place by yourself. Assembled the unit looks pretty nice and with the warm veneer, solid build, and curved front edge - my need for a decent looking piece of furniture was met. Now for the not so great...most of this is on me for not doing a thorough enough investigation, but I was caught off guard by a couple of things. Firstly, even though it's mentioned in the name, I really didn't know that when it says MONSTER, that it meant the cabinet came pre-supplied with a built-in power strip. Not a terrible surprise but it could be mounted better. It's a few inches in from the back of the cabinet in the center section which limits the size of the component you can put in that space. It is also riveted to the underside of the cabinet, so it cannot be easily removed.This brings us to problem number 2. The size of the compartments. The ones on the side are pretty shallow and a bit narrow. Be careful when planning on what to put there. My receiver is too deep to fit, as is my line conditioner. They both extend beyond the back of the cabinet which meant I had to cut the rear panel to accommodate them. Not a big deal for me, but others could find themselves a bit frustrated. The the angle of the two side compartments and the location of the hinges for the glass doors, also contribute to the fairly shallow space. My Tivo and BluRay player barely fit. With a few tweaks, I've managed to make the cabinet work for me, although I do wish I had paid closer attention to some of the details. Overall I'm happy with my choice, but your mileage may vary depending on number and size of the components you are using.
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