Help! I Need to Make My Display Higher!
Unfortunately, we don’t buy all of our home theater gear at the same time. Even if we do, we don’t always take into account every variable. When we upgrade our speakers, it is easy to forget to take into account the differences in sizes. We assume our old speaker fit, why wouldn’t our new one? Take, for example, your center speaker. If you had a soundbar or a small center, it may have fit just fine under or in front of your display. But that new full-sized center speaker? It doesn’t. So, now you need to make your display higher. What to do?
Obviously, you’ve considered wall mounting. We won’t spend a lot of time on it here as we have other articles that cover this subject. We will say that if you are going to wall mount your display, make sure you resist the urge to run the power cord through the wall. It’s against code and your risk voiding your insurance if you have a fire. Instead, pick up this DATA COMM Flat Panel TV Cable Organizer Kit with Power Solution.
It comes with everything you need to run the cables and the power down to your receiver from your wall-mounted display. It’s only $35 and has all the parts you need. If you need a longer run (to a projector), you just need to buy a longer piece of Romex (the “electrical building wire) and you are good to go.
If you were in the market for new furniture anyway, pick up something that allows you to elevate the screen or something with enough room for your center speaker and other gear. There are lots of options out there, but we like your 3-in-1 options.
The 3-in-1 AV stands have an integrated display mount. These will normally work with any display with VESA mounting options. You’ll want to check carefully that they are rated for the weight of your display, but most will hold any modern display.
If you can’t wall mount and you already have a piece of furniture, you still have options. Look for TV stands or bases. Again, these work with VESA mounting options but include a base. As many TVs these days have moved away from bases for wide feet, this is a great solution.
Again, you want to make sure you have a stand that is rated for the weight of your display. You’ll also be able to get some that will allow you to tilt or swivel (or both) your display. You’ll also want to double-check the measurements below the bottom of the TV. If you have a very large display, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for your center channel.
Of course, we want you to shop carefully. Having to raise your display because of changing situations can seem like a daunting task. Regardless if you wall mount it, get a new piece of furniture, or invest in a TV stand, you’ll find that it isn’t as hard, or as expensive, as you thought.