This is a lovely unit, solid wood, with an attractive finish, and pleasing proportions. I like the glass doors, which show the contents. The finish is a little darker than it looks in the photo, but that worked out to my advantage, as it almostly perfectly matched my dining table and chairs. There were four problems during assembly, which could be resolved by the manufacturer with better quality control. 1. Certain parts are fastened using cam locks. When fitting together two of the panels, I found that one of the three cam screw holes was drilled about 1/8 inch off-center, so it didn't align properly with the cam lock. After a few tries and little force, I made it fit, and since there are two other cam locks holding this panel, the end result is solid. But I wasted 15 minutes messing with this to get it right. 2. The back panels are very thin, cheap wood laminate. The stain chosen for these two pieces does not match the rest of the cabinet. This is not so critical, since one side is to the wall and the other is inside the cabinet. But you'd think they'd have used a matching shade of stain. Also, if you plan to place the unit so that the back is visible (not common), you'll be looking at a darker shade than the rest of the cabinet, with lots of shiny brass screws visible. 3. The surface of the back panels is not sanded totally smooth, so when the finish stain was applied at the factory, it left light spots all over both sides of the panels. I took some MinWax Walnut stain and applied it to even out the appearance on the inside surface of the panels, which would have been noticeable whenever you open the cabinet. 20 extra minutes spent on this that shouldn't have been needed. 4. When opening both doors, they rub slightly on the lower shelf, along the hinged edge. The pre-drilled holes for the hinges should have been 1/16" higher to avoid this. It's a minor annoyance that the doors don't open perfectly smoothly. And over time, this rubbing will wear away a patch of the finish. For me, it was not a big enough issue to spend the time repositioning the hinge screw holes. When the wear becomes visible, I'll just touch it up. If it weren't for these assembly and quality control issues, I would give this cabinet 5 stars for design and appearance. I'm very happy with how it looks, and the construction is very solid. Good value, too.
The hinges were poorly attached making the product somewhat shaky. These are not as sturdy as the ones that I still have from 15 years ago. They are also smaller. On the plus side they don't require any work. Just unpack, open up, and you're ready to go. Also light enough for a woman to carry. Side bars are a good thing too.
I am very pleased with the purchase of this media cabinet. I was considering getting a lowboy type cabinet, but this has worked out better. There is much more storage and options to open or close the bottom part of the unit. The color is beautiful, a dark walnut brown. Once all put together, it is a very heavy and sturdy unit. It took me about 45 minutes to put together by myself. Furniture sliders come in handy if you have them. I did run into a problem however. Once shipped to me, the very first step in putting it together, the main shelf was pre-drilled incorrectly on one side and not at all on the other, talk about frustrating! The instructions tell you to contact the manufacturer directly (Dimensions Furniture) and not who you purchased it from. So in this instance, I did not contact Overstock. However, Dimensions had the fastest and best customer service I've experienced. The correct shelf was at my doorstep within 48 hours. I could NOT believe that, I figure'd it would take weeks and headaches. I just contacted them on their website and they responded by email QUICK. No question but what was my address and BOOM, there it was. That was the only hiccup I had throughout the process. I was super impressed with the manufacturer. The storage at the bottom is a great place to store vinyl records. Above is room for your stereo, record player, or whatever else you want to put in. The left side has an adjustable shelf with 3 preset positions. The back panel has 4 holes drilled out to run your cords through. Again, the color and finish is gorgeous. The hairpin legs give it that retro look. If I could change a couple things with it, this is what I would do. I wish the depth was about 1.5" - 2" deeper. Width wise, you can fit flush your standard audio component (amplifier, receiver, cd player, dvd player, etc.). However once your speaker wires, hdmi cables, rca cables, etc are connected, it takes up another inch or two, so the front of my Outlaw Audio stereo receiver is jutting out about an inch (see picture). Not a deal breaker, but just saying if I was the designer........seems to be a common issue with furniture today, most are media cabinets are 15" deep when they need to be 17". But, most people don't buy old school stereo equipment that size anymore, so I do understand. Also, I would not mind 1 extra shelf on the left, but that's just my personal preference. I might make one myself in the future. All in all, a wonderful edition to our home, and I am looking forward to many evenings relaxing and enjoying my new music setup. *just to note, in the second picture there is a scratch under the stereo, it didn't ship that way. That was me not being careful putting my stereo in!
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