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The best in AV furniture

Forget the rickety junk from yesteryear, let's take a look at some of the better furniture grade options on the market.

A Salamander Design Elba corner cabinet Salamander Design

Salamander Designs offers a vast range of quality audio-video entertainment furniture, and has recently expanded its Chameleon Collection of corner-style and extrawide cabinets.

Salamander's four-door Quad cabinets are designed to accommodate today's large flat-panel TVs, both visually and structurally. New product offerings include contemporary and traditional styles.

The corner cabinets are available in nine different styles, including 20-inch- and 30-inch-high versions and a 30-inch-high version with grillework designed to conceal a center-channel speaker. Salamander AV cabinets are available in a vast array of woods and configurations. The cabinets are built with premium-grade materials and construction techniques. Salamander's U.S.-based manufacturing and assembly allow finished cabinets to be delivered within a few days of order. Salamander prices start at around $149 for the Archetype 3.0 equipment rack and go up to thousands of dollars for the larger pieces.

A Joel Liebman stereo cabinet Joel Liebman

Coming from the artisan side we have Joel Liebman, who builds some of the most beautiful AV furniture I've ever seen. Liebman's workshop is in Easthampton, Mass.; he's on the third floor of a classic New England Mill building. The cabinets I'm showing on this blog are one-of-a-kind designs, built to order. He can include cooling fans for hot-running components, wire management, lighting systems, etc. Liebman is a one-man operation, so his customers should be prepared to wait three or more months to receive their hand-crafted furniture. Prices start around $4,000 for a TV stand.

A Joel Liebman cabinet Joel Liebman