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Bell oggetti International AVS-4201
3 Reviews
rating  4.67 of 5
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Description: audio/video stand


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TREV74 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
THE STAND IS GREAT. I HAVE A SONY XBR400
AND THE STAND IS HOLDING IT UP.
THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS THE SLIGHT LEAN
FORWARD IT DOES ON CARPET ONLY WIH THE TV ON IN, ALTHOUGH NOT VISABLE TO THE EYE.
I NOTICED IT WITH MY SMALL LEVEL WITHOUT THE 250 POUND MONSTER IT'S ALRIGHT.
THE STAND HAS ADJUSTABLE FEET AND A SMALL ADJUSTMENT DIRECTLY UNDER THE TOP SHELF.
MY PROBLEM IS I HAVE TO WAIT TILL MY FRIENDS COME TO MOVE THE TV TO MAKE THE CHANGES. THE IS COOL IWAS EVEN ABLE TO
PUT MY INFINITY IL36 ON THE SHELF. 9INCHES HIGH I HAD TO NOT INSTALL A SHELF THOUGH BUT I'M HAPPY BECAUSE NO OTHER STAND COULD SUPPORT A 250 TV AND GIVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THAT AND THE XXL CENTER CHANNEL, AND ANOTHER SHELF FOR MORE STUFF

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   J AND R MUSIC WORLD



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I spent several months looking for designer furniture quality stands that would complement the modern/minimalist look of my new living room, while housing up to 6 hi-fi components, a TV, and a center channel speaker. In the end, the AVS4201 was the only stand that met my needs at a reasonable price. I cannot comment on its durability yet, but it seems to be more than equal to the demands I've put on it. By the way, I had a great exprerience buying it online from goodguys.com, who beat the best price I'd found elsewhere and delivered this 150 pound behemoth for free and within 2 days.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $449.00

Purchased At:   goodguys.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Within the last 6-8 months, I have been assembling a relatively modest home theater setup for my family room which at the beginning of the year consisted of only a 4 year old Sony 27" TV, matching stand and VCR. About $4,500 later, I added a DBS receiver, DVD player, A/V receiver and 5.1 speaker set up and quickly came to a couple of conclusions: firstly, my TV stand could barely handle 3 components (which forced me to temporarily banish the VCR to a closet shelf); and secondly, a garden variety TV stand (like the one I had) simply did not "suit" the standards set by the rest of the setup, especially if I were to crown it all by replacing the 27" with the Sony Wega 36-XBR400 (as is my intention). As I had read in a home theatre mag somewhere, you will enjoy your system while you're watching it, but you can and will appreciate the furniture you surround your system with at all times of the day, even when you (and your visitors) aren't watching a thing.

I therefore set out to find something a little bit better than what most people have decided to plop their TV's. Enter Bell'oggetti International. Italian designed and manufactured, you can be assured that anything they make will be very attractive-looking and fetch a lot of compliments. The AVS-4201 is all of this. Not only does everyone that sees it think it's something special, but even the wife loves it.

Looks aside, this is a very functional A/V stand. The stand consists of three glass shelves, topped off with a 40" wide top shelf which serves to hold your TV/monitor. I have managed to spread two components plus my centre channel on the shelf immediately below the TV, and two more components on the middle shelf. Lower shelf can handle another two components but has been "decorated" by the wife for the time being.

Cable management system works well, although I might have liked ports on either side of each shelf (as opposed to its one side per shelf). The V-shape rear shield flairs wide at the top and wide enough at the bottom to hide any cable loops and/or surge protector bar from sight.

It's fully-open concept can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the better air circulation helps keep your components running cooler (esp. my SAT receiver, which was hot enough to fry an egg on in my previous, closed-door stand). On the other hand, you will have copious amounts of dust gathering on the shelves and components. Which one's worse? I don't know for sure, but I'm betting they're better off cooler in the long run.

One problem I had was what appeared to be a misaligned top shelf. The rubber glass shelf supports in the middle of the front cross bar were obviously lower than the supports to either side. At the rear of the top shelf, the plastic lids to the stand's legs were also slightly higher than the three supports distributed along the rear cross bar. This all resulted in a noticeable bow to the shelf when I placed my 27" TV upon it. I corrected this quite easily by simplying adding extra rubber supports in the appropriate places and the bow is now completely gone.

I have one great concern at this point. In the next few weeks, I plan to pick up the Sony Wega 36-XBR400, which as some of you may know, is one massive tube TV: 236 lbs. This is a good 45-65 lbs. heavier than the average 36" tube TV. Bello's written specs simply state that it supports up to 36" TV's. I am concerned that once the XBR is placed upon it, this stand will start to noticeable lean forward from the weight, or worse still, keel right over. I must stress that I have contacted Bello on two separate occasions and have been assured I will have nothing to worry about. Nevertheless, I am still concerned. IF ANYONE HAS THIS STAND AND ANY OF THE 36" SONY WEGA TV'S, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU'VE HAD ANY PROBLEMS.

Height. The top shelf is 28" above ground, I believe, so you'll watch your TV straight on, and not at a downward trajectory. A little easier on the neck and the components are easier to access with the remote, to boot.

Try to get a hand carrying this beast from the store. I didn't and nearly put out my back. The stack of glass shelves make this thing super heavy.

Price. I managed to pick it up from a local home theater shop for just over $800 CDN, a price I was happy to pay, all things considered.

All in all, a great purchase. If you're looking for something a little different, a little better, take a long look at Bello International.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000




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