Icon Assembly, Style & Conclusion
Like most of the BDI furniture, assembly is made easy by the included tools and easy to read instructions. Once all boxes were opened and the appropriate parts were laid out I was able to very easily and rapidly assemble the Icon 9424 flat panel display stand.
One of the first steps to assembling the unit involved attaching the rear metal support bars to the steel rectangular central frame. The very next step involves placing the frame onto the platform. Special Assembly Note: You'll want to flip the unit completely upside down for this step or risk scratching the gray finish coat of the base unit (this part of the assembly can be done safely only by flipping the unit completely over in my opinion). The instructions depict the unit in a vertical position, and even turning the unit 90 degrees will not allow you to secure the base without risking damaging its surface.
Glass and Style
The "floating" glass shelf system is assembled last and, as I mentioned previously, makes this a truly unique and stylish piece. Instead of anchoring the glass with a slot and groove system, BDI utilizes polished steel discs which come pre-attached to the glass shelves. These discs then elevate, or float, the shelving from a single centerline (middle and lower shelves) or dual anchor point (top shelf). Screws are fastened into these discs, and soft pads are supplied that cushion each anchor position, avoiding unnecessary abrasions to the glass.
Cable routing is adequate on the Icon 9424, in fact it is better than the fixed tie wraps of the Axis line for those of us who change out gear on a regular basis. BDI supplies hook and loop strips which securely screw into the rear of the back panel, allowing you to secure cables - and more importantly, release them or replace them when necessary. I like this methodology, and though I found an adequate solution for the Axis series of furniture, I wonder of this might be the best stock solution for their entire line.
If you are in the market for an slim digital TV or flat panel
display stand that has the flexibility to handle a center channel,
multiple components, and just about any display under 175 pounds
(weight capacity varies per model), the BDI Icon line is about the
nicest I have seen to date. Even though we reviewed just the 9424, the
remaining models offer varying conveniences such as: support for up to
65" plat panel TVs, lower profiles for taller sets, and even a rotating
stand for TVs that may need to be swiveled towards the viewer.
The BDI Icon Line
BDI Icon 9424 Home Theater Furniture Review
Becker Designed, Inc.
14101 A Parke Long Court
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
About BDI, Inc
BDI's goal has always been to create innovative home furnishings that offer something more: well designed pieces with a distinctive style that are within reach. Their team of designers shares a passion for creating timeless designs that are well made and of course functional. Even their packaging is thoughtfully designed to ensure that things get to you in the absolute best condition. All this is done with one thing in mind. Design. Designs that work, push the envelope, and challenge. And most importantly designs customers will enjoy for many years to come.
The Score Card
The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:
Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating
Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.
Audioholics Rating Scale
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