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Topic # 23128 19-Jun-2008 10:01
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a decent enclosure to keep my gear in: HTPC, consoles, and stereo equipment. I'm looking for something wooden rather than plastic or steel, and enclosed rather than a set of open shelves - at some point down the track, child-proof is going to be a major consideration, and right now cat-proof is proving to be a big problem.

Anyone got any recommendations on nice enclosures at least, good places to go shopping?

Cheers
Buzzy

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  Reply # 139332 20-Jun-2008 10:47
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Hi There Buzzy,

Had much the same issue as you, needed plenty of storage for DVD's, Home Theatre, Consoles, etc.

I found that Criterion Furniture NZ Ltd had plenty of affordable, good-looking furniture. Mostly made from laminated MDF, but good thick stuff, not the thin cheap stuff that you get from many places.

I ended up with a 3 meter wide base that has 4 drawers for holding CD's DVD's and other odds and sods, two 1 meter "towers " that sit on the base at both ends, 1 tower holding all the electronic gear, and the other tower holding some nik-naks, and boxed set DVD's etc.

There are 3 adjustable shelves per tower. and the towers have wood-framed glass doors

The gap between the towers on the base is sufficient for a 32" CRT widescreen. There is also a shelf that sits between the two towers, above the TV, and that holds things like table lamps, books, and stuff :-)

The only drawback with the system is there is insufficient room for cabling between the AV and console components - I have 7 AV componets in the one tower ,,, but you will find this problem on almost any reasonably priced enclosures.

Also had to add a cooling fan when the X-box/PS2 was running and the tower door was closed.

But overall, looks good, tidy, and heaps of space to store stuff.

Showroom at :

Criterion Furniture NZ
09-274 6039
18-21 Ron Driver Pl East Tamaki Auckland

Available through Harvey Norman, and others.





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  Reply # 139333 20-Jun-2008 10:47
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Hi There Buzzy,

Had much the same issue as you, needed plenty of storage for DVD's, Home Theatre, Consoles, etc.

I found that Criterion Furniture NZ Ltd had plenty of affordable, good-looking furniture. Mostly made from laminated MDF, but good thick stuff, not the thin cheap stuff that you get from many places.

I ended up with a 3 meter wide base that has 4 drawers for holding CD's DVD's and other odds and sods, two 1 meter "towers " that sit on the base at both ends, 1 tower holding all the electronic gear, and the other tower holding some nik-naks, and boxed set DVD's etc.

There are 3 adjustable shelves per tower. and the towers have wood-framed glass doors

The gap between the towers on the base is sufficient for a 32" CRT widescreen. There is also a shelf that sits between the two towers, above the TV, and that holds things like table lamps, books, and stuff :-)

The only drawback with the system is there is insufficient room for cabling between the AV and console components - I have 7 AV componets in the one tower ,,, but you will find this problem on almost any reasonably priced enclosures.

Also had to add a cooling fan when the X-box/PS2 was running and the tower door was closed.

But overall, looks good, tidy, and heaps of space to store stuff.

Showroom at :

Criterion Furniture NZ
09-274 6039
18-21 Ron Driver Pl East Tamaki Auckland

Available through Harvey Norman, and others.





My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government


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