How to buy a media cabinet/entertainment console | Explained

  • Опубликовано: 15 июня 2019
  • It might be tempting to pick up an inexpensive media cabinet from your local big-box store, but if you do, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. A good media cabinet or entertainment console should be a good blend of form and function, acting as a beautiful piece of furniture while serving up key features that will make your entertainment system look and operate its best. Here's what to look for when buying a media cabinet, featuring the BDI Corridor stand seen in Digital Trends' TV review videos.

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Комментарии • 140

  • couldn't think of a username
    couldn't think of a username  3 недель назад

    I just got the KESLS50 wireless speakers and was wondering if I can put them in the cabinet/stand? Will it still sound as good?

    • M F
      M F  3 недель назад

      Looks great, but if you have a really expensive centre channel you certainly do not want to hide it behind wood. It almost certainly affects frequencies, if not audible then certainly measurable. In high end Home Cinemas you even use special acoustically transparent fabric, I would never put my KEF R600c behind a wood panel.

      • Thad Tangangco
        Thad Tangangco  1 месяцев назад

        Kindly link the power strip shown. Thanks!

        • dezmond roman
          dezmond roman  2 месяцев назад

          Don't hide a gaming console it will overheat

          • David Ratcliff
            David Ratcliff  2 месяцев назад

            We were fortunate to have bought this model for 200.00 from an estate sale and the seller even was gracious enough to deliver the unit. I could never pay the retail price for this cabinet, but I must attest that this is a fine piece of furniture and it is well made, looks great and is just fabulous.

            • Michael Walsh
              Michael Walsh  2 месяцев назад

              I cancelled a stand I had ordered a while back and bought a BDI Ola 8137 instead because I saw one in older Digital Trends videos.

              Glad I did - and in my opinion it looks a heck of a lot better than the new unit shown here, even if you can't stow as much stuff in it.

              • Jay Zim
                Jay Zim  3 месяцев назад

                You get what you pay for.

                • Felipe Pérez
                  Felipe Pérez  3 месяцев назад

                  People, hes not reviewing the stand itself, he's just using it to exemplify characteristics you want to look for in a media stand. So don't complain about the price. There's other, less stylish pieces of furniture that have some or all of these characteristics for a better price.

                  • ladyvee7110
                    ladyvee7110  4 месяцев назад

                    The TV and stand are the same price? Hmm....

                    • flawlessvic
                      flawlessvic  4 месяцев назад

                      I see Caleb, I upvote.

                      • Marvin Solano
                        Marvin Solano  4 месяцев назад

                        Could we please have the name of the power strip.

                        • Digital Trends
                          Digital Trends   4 месяцев назад

                          Hey Marvin, Thank you for watching! I use the Tripplite 48"

                      • Randall Lind
                        Randall Lind  4 месяцев назад

                        I love it but I agree with Thomas Woodford $2700 is way out the budget for most people.

                        • Leo Monaghan
                          Leo Monaghan  4 месяцев назад

                          So... Buy a $700 TV and then get to $2300 TV stand for it....

                          Ummm..... Nope!

                          • JC
                            JC  4 месяцев назад

                            Very beautiful, very nice but at 2,300 bucks that is way too much.

                            • scotty miller
                              scotty miller  4 месяцев назад

                              I built a 6 wide besta ikea tv stand wall mounted and fully vented for under a grand with glass doors. No way this is worth the price but it’s good for people not wanting to hack and customs do their tv setup. It’s easy to add ventilation to a tv stand if you know what you’re doing.

                              • scotty miller
                                scotty miller  4 месяцев назад

                                Ross Huey keep that piece till you die. It’s not for me. I wanted a fully custom made part the way I wanted it to look. I needed 140” of space for all my stuff. Again, it will last as long as I want. I don’t prefer this look. I like black glass doors. I have fans throughout.

                              • Ross Huey
                                Ross Huey  4 месяцев назад

                                @scotty miller I reinforced nothing and it will last me till I die if I want it to. Also didn't have to vent anything as it came fully vented. If you think anything from Ikea will ever compete with something like the BDI cabinet, you're crazy. And I've had plenty of Ikea furniture.

                              • scotty miller
                                scotty miller  4 месяцев назад

                                Will last as long as you treat it well. It’s not like it just falls apart over time. I reinforced everting.

                              • Ross Huey
                                Ross Huey  4 месяцев назад

                                And that besta is made of shit particle board and won't last nearly as long as this.

                            • Antonio Zamudio
                              Antonio Zamudio  4 месяцев назад

                              As an Industrial Designer, I deeply appreciate the little details in objets such as this.

                              • thenonexistinghero
                                thenonexistinghero  4 месяцев назад

                                When a cabinet is twice the price of your high-end TV from last year, it isn't even worth considering. No thanks, I'll take a cheap Ikea one instead and do some work on it myself.

                                • Ross Huey
                                  Ross Huey  2 месяцев назад

                                  @Riley Lovendale I got the 8173 model which is not as tall as the 8179 so it's a bit cheaper due to that. I got it from a local certified BDI retailer this last March. They run a yearly manufacturer's sale in March and it was 15% off this last year.

                                • Riley Lovendale
                                  Riley Lovendale  2 месяцев назад

                                  @Ross Huey Where did you get that deal? Haven't been able to find anything close to that.

                                • Ross Huey
                                  Ross Huey  4 месяцев назад

                                  @thenonexistinghero and I got this media console for sub $2000 delivered and it will last me for my next 5 TVs at least. So no, this isn't twice the price of an even on sale high end TV.

                                • thenonexistinghero
                                  thenonexistinghero  4 месяцев назад

                                  @Ross Huey You can get a previous year's high-end TV for $1500 or so without much effort.

                                • Ross Huey
                                  Ross Huey  4 месяцев назад

                                  High end TVs start at $2K and break $3k without much effort. And this will last the life of multiple high end TVs. Thousand dollar TVs are not high end.

                              • littlebigmarc
                                littlebigmarc  4 месяцев назад

                                i dont like it
                                i have a center channel and i dont want it to be behind a window

                                • ᛟᛞᛁᚾ
                                  ᛟᛞᛁᚾ  4 месяцев назад

                                  I hope for that price the cunt comes already made

                                  • Asiatic Leopard
                                    Asiatic Leopard  4 месяцев назад

                                    It's very overpaid

                                    • Lelio Ravagnani
                                      Lelio Ravagnani  4 месяцев назад

                                      You need to be FIRED.

                                      How DEFT can you actually be?

                                      Between stating TVs don’t have eARC when they obviously do, shamelessly shilling for Sony on their garbage 950G TV, putting as a “con” on the website review that this year’s C9 OLEDs are more expensive then the C8s, when in actuality the entire line came in at a lower MSRP (the 77 inch for example has a USD 2K lower MSRP at launch then the C8 did) and make an ADVERTISEMENT video for a goddamn $2000 piece of furniture no one in their right mind should ever buy, it’s completely clear that you are terrible at your job, maliciously steering people in the wrong direction with your shameless shill plugs and misinformation.

                                      You are a COMPLETE DISGRACE to this industry.

                                      • IamVenVile
                                        IamVenVile  4 месяцев назад

                                        How about you guys do a video using an example that most of the viewers can actually afford?

                                        • Michael Alderete
                                          Michael Alderete  4 месяцев назад

                                          Gorgeous cabinet, great design, and quality materials. With a price to match, but if you want quality, you have to pay for quality. Wish I'd seen this two weeks ago, I'd have bought it immediately! Hopefully the console I did buy will work well enough for me.

                                          (If you don't care about fine solid wood furniture, by all means, head straight to IKEA, and spend your money on something else. Nothing wrong with that. But also nothing wrong with wanting to buy something that will last longer than a couple years, and look truly fantastic the entire time, either.)

                                          • Ross Huey
                                            Ross Huey  4 месяцев назад

                                            I recently got the lower height version of this exact piece of furniture and it is hands down the best furniture purchase I have ever made. They run a 15% off sale a couple times a year which brings down the cost a decent amount too. I can't recommend this piece enough. Yes, it's expensive but you'll have it forever and will outlast the many TV's that will be on top of it.

                                            • Guy Katz
                                              Guy Katz  4 месяцев назад

                                              its nice to see such vids from time to time. to be honest, my interior designer did not want a media cabinet at all :) but this one looks nice

                                              • BDI Furniture
                                                BDI Furniture  4 месяцев назад

                                                If you're thinking about mounting your television and are primarily looking for a cabinet for media storage and/or appearance, you could also consider the Corridor SV. It's a slim profile, with many of the same features, and comes as a double or a quad sized cabinet:



                                            • chiefmegadeth
                                              chiefmegadeth  4 месяцев назад

                                              I have an amazing modular Ikea BESTA Media stand. You can customize it. with doors,draws open and closed. or just shelves like what i did :) You buy the frame. then buy shelves,draws,doors separately. I think i spent just over $200au
                                              To think i was going to have one custom made. Ikea already had me covered :)

                                              In my Media Stand i put my XBOX ONE X Standing PS4 PRO Standing PS2 Standing NINTENDO SWITCH.XBOX,XBOX 360,PS3,PS1,PS2 SLIM,SEGA MASTER SYSTEM 2,SEGA MEGADRIVE 2,SEGA MEGADRIVE,SEGA SATURN,SEGA DREAM CAST,Nintendo Entertainment System,Super Nintendo,N64,Nintendo WIIU, Atari 2600. and surround sound. Ikea does have holes in the back for cable management. Theres room to breath for everything,Room for more shelfs

                                              I got 60inch 4k 8000 series Samsung. I just bought Q90R 65inch so waiting for that to come. will have it wall mounted...
                                              I can game till i cant game no more!
                                              Love the show.
                                              PS have you got a XBOX ONE X yet ":"

                                              • SwissJordan 160th
                                                SwissJordan 160th  4 месяцев назад

                                                Can you be more specific. BDI makes 3 different Corridor models: 8173, 8179, and SV 7129

                                                • BDI Furniture
                                                  BDI Furniture  4 месяцев назад

                                                  Hi Kenneth,

                                                  Thanks for your questions! This model is the award-winning Corridor 8179, which is a more spacious unit and ideal for larger home theater systems.

                                                  The 8173 is very similar, however, it's a lower profile for those who like their cabinets closer to the floor (more modern/Danish aesthetic, with low couches, etc.).

                                                  The SV is a slim profile and is perfect for those who have a more streaming-based or compact set-up (aka not intended to house large AV components) for gaming consoles, AppleTV/FireTV, soundbar, etc.

                                                  Thanks again for asking!

                                              • James Turner
                                                James Turner  4 месяцев назад

                                                I noticed the Anthem MRX 1120 receiver in the console, have you guys done a full review on this receiver as yet? Is this the receiver that you guys use to test speakers?Would like to know your thoughts. If you have can you provide a link so I can watch.

                                                • Stephen
                                                  Stephen  4 месяцев назад

                                                  $2300?!?!?!? Lol

                                                  • Marty Pape
                                                    Marty Pape  4 месяцев назад

                                                    My TV/entertainment center is in a corner so unfortunately this wouldn't work. I need something where the TV can rotate. Plus as beautiful as this stand is it is way too far out of my budget.

                                                    • BDI Furniture
                                                      BDI Furniture  4 месяцев назад

                                                      Hi Marty,

                                                      You could consider the Corridor 8175, which is specifically designed to fit in a corner:


                                                      In terms of swivel, we also offer two TV mounts, one which can be installed on the cabinet itself, and another that is free standing:


                                                  • The Laughing Man
                                                    The Laughing Man  4 месяцев назад

                                                    “260 lbs. unboxed and 230 lbs. boxed” how does that work? You lose the packaging weight when unboxing a product.

                                                  • Raafie
                                                    Raafie  4 месяцев назад

                                                    Looks amazing but way out of my budget unfortunately.

                                                    • paul woodward
                                                      paul woodward  4 месяцев назад

                                                      Yah right 2899.99 I've been doing carpentry for over 10 years there ripping you off

                                                      • scotty miller
                                                        scotty miller  4 месяцев назад

                                                        paul woodward people pay a lot to have ventilation. Something anyone can do with a few tools and a brain.

                                                    • Matthew Rudy Jacobs
                                                      Matthew Rudy Jacobs  4 месяцев назад

                                                      Thanks for this.
                                                      I'm always wowed by those beautiful white KEF floorstanders.

                                                      Any chance of a video introducing them, and your audio set up.

                                                      (Seems you had different speakers a year ago)

                                                      • Chris G
                                                        Chris G  4 месяцев назад

                                                        I like it, didn't know it could roll as well. That price though 👀

                                                        • BDI Furniture
                                                          BDI Furniture  4 месяцев назад

                                                          Thanks, Chris. The hidden wheels are a really nice feature found on many of our cabinets, making it a lot easier to move it away from the wall and access connections through the sliding/removable rear-access panels, which also help with the flow-through ventilation that keeps gaming consoles and AV components cool. It's a thoroughly thought-through and engineered design. :)

                                                      • Nick Cheng
                                                        Nick Cheng  4 месяцев назад

                                                        Cool stuff but a tad too tall for my taste

                                                        • BDI Furniture
                                                          BDI Furniture  4 месяцев назад

                                                          Hi Nick,

                                                          If you like the Corridor design, but prefer a lower profile, we also offer the Corridor 8173:


                                                          It is much lower to the floor, for those who prefer a more low/modern aesthetic. Thanks!

                                                      • George ogbeide
                                                        George ogbeide  4 месяцев назад

                                                        Its a great looking/ functional stand but for over $2k its not affordable for your average consumer. I rather spend that extra cash elsewhere ie getting the best TV, Speakers, audio receiver etc.

                                                        Its like building a gaming PC with a case that cost $2k , makes no sense.

                                                        • dago
                                                          dago  4 месяцев назад

                                                          Really like it, but for the price i prefer buying a nice tv, now it has the same price as my oled😱😂

                                                          • Dumiso Siwawa
                                                            Dumiso Siwawa  4 месяцев назад

                                                            That stand cost 4 times more than my 49" Samsung NU8000 tv

                                                            • Steve 30x
                                                              Steve 30x  4 месяцев назад

                                                              Save yourself a lot of money and build your own or get a friend or family to build one for you. My brother built my unit for me with proper strong wood (not mdf or chipboard) which cost €400. If I was to buy it , it would have cost 3x the money because its 8' talll by 3' wide.

                                                              • Jimbomania
                                                                Jimbomania  4 месяцев назад

                                                                Or I could buy an OLED. Or a used car. $2300 is a no.

                                                                • Arvind G
                                                                  Arvind G  4 месяцев назад

                                                                  260 pounds unboxed 230 boxed? It's not a stand it's a science experiment!!!

                                                                  • The Laughing Man
                                                                    The Laughing Man  4 месяцев назад

                                                                    Arvind G I thought the same thing. This tv stand defys the laws of physics and mass density.

                                                                • Samir  Shaaban
                                                                  Samir Shaaban  4 месяцев назад

                                                                  This is what we call TGDE = TOO GOD DAMN EXPENSIVE as YouTuber Floss Carter would say 😂 - CALM DOWN WITH THE PRICES BDI

                                                                  • Raymond Leggs
                                                                    Raymond Leggs  4 месяцев назад

                                                                    A new Tv stand is all I need to get my setup perfect I won't be looking for glass TV stand though. movers might break it when I move out lol!

                                                                    • sypen1
                                                                      sypen1  4 месяцев назад

                                                                      But it’s an ugly stand.

                                                                      • Takodana
                                                                        Takodana  4 месяцев назад

                                                                        What.... I don’t want DOORS covering my amp, center speakers and game consoles. Sorry dude, you can’t just recommend 1 style to everyone, people have different preferences. For me this stand is terrible, simply bc I don’t want doors!

                                                                        • Takodana
                                                                          Takodana  4 месяцев назад

                                                                          I just reread the video title, the tile DOESNT match what you’re talking about. Come on man.

                                                                      • NOOKEY69 Hard!!
                                                                        NOOKEY69 Hard!!  4 месяцев назад

                                                                        F*CK THAT!!! It'll cost more than the tv setting on it, too much money!!!!😲😲😲😲

                                                                        • tom11zz884
                                                                          tom11zz884  4 месяцев назад

                                                                          IT should be better than a Ikea stand..hell it cost around $1500 to $2000 more...
                                                                          That said, I want that Oppo 203 @ 2:56