Review (December 2007) - StudioTech
By Kevin Nakano
Need some furniture to complement that new flat panel you just bought? Furniture is an essential part of any A/V system and finding that piece to safely house your components and be aesthetically pleasing can be a challenge. A company called StudioTech has introduced a line of contemporary A/V furniture that not only looks good, but offers a design sturdy enough for heavy components and displays. The attractive E-1 design provides a functional stand while looking absolutely fantastic. The floating glass shelves on an exposed cantilever steel framework give the stand a high-tech and industrial look. Complemented with a background of rich wood veneer panels, the E-1 adds beauty to any room. Rosewood and Black Ash finishes with Black, White or Silver metal frames are available. Our review unit came with a black steel frame and rosewood veneer. The E-1 comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
The tempered glass shelves on the E-1 are a full ½" thick and the top shelf can support up to 250 pounds. This A/V stand easily accommodates virtually all the flat panels available, including those that are as large as 70". The middle shelves can support up to 75 pounds each and the lower shelves support up to 100 pounds each. However, the total weight on the unit cannot exceed 400 pounds per the manufacturer's specifications. Even with substantial equipment occupying the space, the E-1 had no problem accommodating the most serious A/V system. The contemporary design of the E-1 is a perfect match for today's elegant flat panels. The open sides allow higher power components to keep cool without confining the space around them. Even our deep Sony 400-disc DVD changer had no problem fitting into the lower shelf with room for the A/V cables to exit the rear of the unit. The E-1 sits 21.25" high, 72" wide, and 20.75" deep.
The center tray can be inverted to accommodate a larger center channel or stay flush mount with the adjacent glass shelves. If a taller speaker is required, the entire shelf can be removed to maximize the space in the center of the unit. Each of the glass shelves are held down with mounting brackets and screws. Rubber pads are placed between the shelves and the E-shaped supports. The structure is very rigid and we felt comfortable placing our Mitsubishi 52" LT-52133 LCD display on it. The hidden heavy-duty rolling casters make it easy to roll the cabinet on a hard floor. In our case, we had carpet, so it was not going to move easily. The glass does have a tendency to collect dust, so it does require periodic housekeeping to look its best.
The removable rear panels made it easy to access the back of the components during installation. They simply slide in and out of the slotted channels. We liked the look of the rear panels when they were in place, but it is possible to remove them permanently if needed. The good news is the cables have no problem running to and from the components. The open design allows for easy cable routing without restricting the paths.
- Kevin Nakano
Mitsubishi LT-52133 52" 1080p Full High Definition LCD Display
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