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I found an entertainment center i really liked at JC Penny's but it seems as though it is pretty popular since it is on back order till march. This is a pretty nice piece that is around$2200 before the sale price. Where would any of you recommend looking for a good entertainment center for a similar price made from wood?

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Theres a place down on essington south of Caton farm road in joliet. I think its called Oak headquarters. I got mine there, its huge, fits around my big screen and was less money, even being solid oak and not particle board.




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Free advice for you:

Dont buy an entertainment center.



Once you get one you are then limited to the space within it for your TV/stereo needs. What happens if you get a new tv and its huge? Or your stereo grows and you need more component space? Have you ever done wire management behind an entertainment center, its a nightmare!!! My 2 cents is to get something more versatile than a full on entertainment center. It will probably be cheaper, and and allow you much more flexability.

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For $2200 you could probably get something custom made

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Free advice for you:

Dont buy an entertainment center.



Once you get one you are then limited to the space within it for your TV/stereo needs. What happens if you get a new tv and its huge? Or your stereo grows and you need more component space? Have you ever done wire management behind an entertainment center, its a nightmare!!! My 2 cents is to get something more versatile than a full on entertainment center. It will probably be cheaper, and and allow you much more flexability.
Chris, you are right in a lot of ways, but I am about to purchase a new surround sound system, dvd player, entertainment center and eventually tv (i already know the tv i want also) it will all fit in the size entertainment center i originally wanted. However, I have noticed that a lot of entertainment centers are expandable to accomodate for an upgrade in TV at some point or whatever.

And the $2200 is before the sale price. after the sale it would be around $1500.

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really think it through man. sure it fits the tv you want now. but what happens when you hold off on the tv and the next model bigger goes on sale? then you're screwed. or 3 years from now you get a kickass deal on a big flat panel, then you got a big huge entertainment center for a badass slimline tv. that would look retarded. 15 hundo is alot of cash.

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really think it through man. sure it fits the tv you want now. but what happens when you hold off on the tv and the next model bigger goes on sale? then you're screwed. or 3 years from now you get a kickass deal on a big flat panel, then you got a big huge entertainment center for a badass slimline tv. that would look retarded. 15 hundo is alot of cash.

Take Vcook's advice. Then take your $1500's call a carpentar and have him build something tric to put your equipment in right into your wall. Something that looks slick but yet provides easy access

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really think it through man. sure it fits the tv you want now. but what happens when you hold off on the tv and the next model bigger goes on sale? then you're screwed. or 3 years from now you get a kickass deal on a big flat panel, then you got a big huge entertainment center for a badass slimline tv. that would look retarded. 15 hundo is alot of cash.
you have a good point but the only thing you are not getting is that 15 large aint no thang fo me. fo shizzy. just last night i was walking down michigan ave and handed a bum a grand just because it is christmas. i always carry around 4-5 grand on me at a time.

just kidding. i know 1500 is a chunck of change but the little lady wants the entertainment center to "complete the room". I cant say that I disagree. I want something that will hold the tv, my xbox, ps2, my stereo and more. I want the stuff hidden not on open shelves or whatever. And a plasma? Not gonna happen for a long while. Too much money for now and by the time i can afford a tv i wont go that route just yet. And let me reiterate the most important point. THE LITTLE LADY WANTS AN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. She gets to have that and i get to upgrade my stereo. It is a win win for me.

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actually getting it in the wall would be pretty cool. expensive but cool.

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dude, time to let your woman know that the tv room and garage are your spaces!! the kitchen and laundry room are hers.



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actually getting it in the wall would be pretty cool. expensive but cool.
Check it out. I don't think it would cost you more than $1500

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Check it out. I don't think it would cost you more than $1500
i helped my dad do a badass in wall setup for his mitsu 55in rear projector and it was cheap and looks sweet. but again, this type of thing ends up limiting you in the long run.

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For $2200 you could probably get something custom made
Brian,

Since this is what I do for a living, $2200, will get you something made by an apprentice, out of red oak plywood, bought at Home Depot. I can spend (and have) $1500.00 on hardware, even the cheap shit at HD cost over 40 a sheet, and the average entertainment center will burn thru 3 or 4 sheets, shop time runs 50 to 75 an hour, your talking minimum 5 to 8 hours for build time, double that for finishing, $200.00 for installation, $100 for delivery. Custom units, range from 8 to 15 K, or at least in my client base. There is no way you can get something custom made for 2200. And remember carpenters build homes, not furniture or cabinets

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dude, time to let your woman know that the tv room and garage are your spaces!! the kitchen and laundry room are hers.



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Ive built my own desk and tv thingy. I can put any size tv on it, but it is limited to how many devices i can fit in it. I got my 3ft high speakers stuck in there.

Just like Vcook(smoke) said, eventually, your gonna want a bigger more badass TV and your not gonna have room. Ive done the same thing but with only 100 dollar furniture until i was able to build my own stuff.
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Heres a pic of mine. IU got this at the place in joliet for under 2 grand. I think it was like 1300 and its all solid oak, no particle board in this one.




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Brian,

Since this is what I do for a living, $2200, will get you something made by an apprentice, out of red oak plywood, bought at Home Depot. I can spend (and have) $1500.00 on hardware, even the cheap shit at HD cost over 40 a sheet, and the average entertainment center will burn thru 3 or 4 sheets, shop time runs 50 to 75 an hour, your talking minimum 5 to 8 hours for build time, double that for finishing, $200.00 for installation, $100 for delivery. Custom units, range from 8 to 15 K, or at least in my client base. There is no way you can get something custom made for 2200. And remember carpenters build homes, not furniture or cabinets

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Rick,

I was talkin about making a couple of custom cabinets in the wall. Leave the space for the tv open but on each side build and drywall off two sets of shelves coming out of the wall that slide out and then turn to one side for easy access.

That would cost more than $1500. I may be wrong but I could probably build it myself for under $500

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Now that is what i am talking about. Thanks tony. heading there tonight.

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Nice thing is that bridge across the top adjusts up and down depending on how much room you need for the TV, thats a 61 " TV in that photo.




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Brian,

Since this is what I do for a living, $2200, will get you something made by an apprentice, out of red oak plywood, bought at Home Depot. I can spend (and have) $1500.00 on hardware, even the cheap shit at HD cost over 40 a sheet, and the average entertainment center will burn thru 3 or 4 sheets, shop time runs 50 to 75 an hour, your talking minimum 5 to 8 hours for build time, double that for finishing, $200.00 for installation, $100 for delivery. Custom units, range from 8 to 15 K, or at least in my client base. There is no way you can get something custom made for 2200. And remember carpenters build homes, not furniture or cabinets

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Hey Rick

This is what I do Also, and I couldnt agree more. The part about the apprentice probably slightly off, more like an assembly line worker putting together cookie cutter parts who wont put his heart into it.
You can still get good massed produced units for a good price (Tony), but nothing comes close to custom.
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Rick,

I was talkin about making a couple of custom cabinets in the wall. Leave the space for the tv open but on each side build and drywall off two sets of shelves coming out of the wall that slide out and then turn to one side for easy access.

That would cost more than $1500. I may be wrong but I could probably build it myself for under $500
This is a common question, Rick if I may...

You can get it for 1500, you can build it yourself for 500, you could also spend thousands more.
Everything depends on what your vision of the finished product is.
The range is HUGE.
I have built 25' long entertainment centers with laquer finishes, alot of trim, crazy pullouts, hideaways, electronic doors/risers, built in speakers, ligths, for about 35K, and we basically gave it away at that price.

Im not ready for a Goldwing just yet.

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