Java ConnectionsÂ® Media Center
Great shelves, but need a tweak
After reading all the reviews, I got the media center to go under a wall mounted TV. To avoid the construction problems a friend and I installed the feet first, and slightly made the front two feet higher so the shelves tipped ever slightly toward the wall. Then we marked the location of each side on the rug with blue painters tape on the rug. We then lay the two sides on their backs on the floor and installed the three shelves and then added the brackets. We did not attach it to the wall. All we had to do was right the constructed piece and place it on the tape marks. Perfect. I think the tallest side pieces definitely need to be attached to the wall for safety if there are kids in the house.
November 19, 2012
Ebony Media Center
I am so happy that I bought this media center. Of course it took two people to put it together because it's a little heavy. Once we put it together and put the t.v. and components on the shelves it looks great and it's the perfect height. It takes up less room and I definitely recommend this media center to friends.
September 14, 2012
Great for our large entertainment equipment
I love this entertainment unit. It matches out decor and functions well. Every other unit we looked at didn't fit our DVR, PS3, receiver, and speakers. They were not long enough. This unit works perfect because we can fit it to our needs.
March 19, 2012
More things to know prior to buying & assembling
Purchased a pair of 11-Rung uprights and 4 - 56" shelves for a media center.
The center reinforcement beam on shelves is approx 1.5" deep and makes the usable space between rungs/shelves less than 4". As standard tuner/receivers like Denon or Onkyo are about 6" high, shelves would have to be spaced 2 rungs apart. it would have been better if the rungs were spaced 8" or 10" rather than approx 6".
I agree with one reviewer about needing a very short screwdriver to get the anti-tip bracket and screws in place. The bottom shelf bracket is impossible to get in.
The 56" shelves are fairly heavy and unwieldy to tilt into position by one person especially when the uprights need to be kept vertical and stable. The notches on the ends of the shelves force you to tilt the shelves into place and might require tilting the uprights away from each other to get the shelves to clear the rungs.
A trick to doing this is to space the uprights slightly wider than is required, resting the shelves almost at the edges (rather than in the grooves), getting all the shelves in position on the appropriate rungs and then moving the uprights closer into the grooves on the shelves. Helps to have another pair of hands to keep the uprights stable.
The other option is to assemble the entire structure, uprights, shelves and brackets flat on the floor and have a couple of people help tilt it upright into position. Will try this technique next time I reassemble.
Will try to post some images soon.
September 26, 2011