February 24, 2012
| by Grant Clauser
Even for bare-bones flat-panel TV installations, you still need to solve one pesky problem: where to put the cable box (or whatever set-top-box you use). Sanus has a couple of on-wall component shelves that will help keep your stuff off the floor.
The VMP401 component shelf just started shipping. It’s a pretty uncomplicated little thing—just a mounting system that holds a component box up to 15 pounds, but it’s a problem solver. Your home theater or living room may have half a dozen major components, but the bedroom or office TV probably just has a cable box or a game console—maybe a Roku. Say you don’t want to clutter up the room with another component rack, and putting the source box on your dresser just reminds you of your first apartment out of college, then this system is a good option.
The VMA401 can be stacked for one, two or more components and uses tempered glass shelves. It includes a cable management system to keep everything neat and tidy. It even comes with the hardware for sheetrock or concrete installation.
The units are $49.99 for each.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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