It's minimalistic, takes up less space, and aesthetically-pleasing, at least to my eye.
- No cables ran behind the wall.
- All the components held up by right angle corner braces or custom brackets sprayed with Plasti-Dip so the components stayed put.
- The monitor on the left is for the Consoles/TV. I use all 3 for my PC's eyefinity setup.
- Can route the AV to another room of the house. Perfect for gaming or watching Blu-ray videos while keeping the consoles on the wall where they are. The wireless controllers are within range
- I use a Logitech Harmony remote (they use dual IR transmitters) so the IR works no matter what angle.
- With exception to the Xbox 360 or Wii, you can see and have access to all display panels and buttons.
- My receiver does have adequate venting on all sides and the heat fins allow heat to move vertically.
-Lastly, Mr. Magnetic Green Guy has always been with receiver for years and never had a problem with his magnets.
-YMMV & proceed at your own risk . I don't take responsibility for any damage that may occur to you or your equipment.
Step 1: The things you'll need
1 - 4ft x 2ft x 0.75in plywood (consoles/devices)
1- 6ft x 1ft x 0.75in common board (monitors)
2 – 2.5in corner braces (xbox 360)
4 – 1.5in corner braces (wii / cable box)
2 – 1in corner braces (ps3)
2 – 5in corner braces (audio receiver)
1 – 3/8in x 72in x 1/16in thick, flat punched metal
40 - #12 x 3/4in wood screws
40 – 1/4in flat washers
5 – 5ft, 1in diameter or larger corrugated conduit tubing
1 - 4 or 5 input HDMI switch
6 - 6ft HDMI cables (you may also need an DVI-HDMI cable if your monitor is not HDMI equipped)
6 – 10 ft Toslink cables (if your receiver isn't HDMI equipped)
6 – 10 ft CAT-5e ethernet cables (if you know how to make them yourself, then you can get a cleaner organization
1 – can of Minwax stain wood prep
1 – can of Minwax Stain + Polyurethane
1 – Spray can of Plasti-Dip (used to coat the supporting brackets with rubber-like coating)
1 – Spray can of color of choice to color the conduit tubing.
1 – Roll of velcro straps
1 - Vise
1 – Hammer
1 - Power drill
1 – Level
1 - Studfinder
1- China Marker / thin chalk that can easily be erased
1 – Tape measure
2 – surge protectors or UPS battery backup with enough outlets for all your devices
1 – 3-way Toslink optical switch if your receiver isn't HDMI equipped
1 – ethernet switch