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Sanus VMA401

On-wall component shelf

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by Ralph Graves
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You've wall-mounted your TV — why not wall-mount your Blu-ray player or game console, too? The Sanus VMA401 shelf lets you do just that. This sturdy, tempered glass shelf can hold a component weighing up to 15 lbs. You can route your A/V cables through an opening in the back bracket to keep your installation looking trim and neat..

Easy expansion

Got two or more components you want to mount under your TV? Not a problem. You can fit multiple VMA401s together to create an integrated shelving system. And you can even make small vertical adjustments after the shelf is installed, to get your components situated at just the right height.

Highlights:

  • holds a single component weighing up to 15 lbs.
  • tempered glass shelf
  • opening in back bracket for neatly routing your cables
  • center column allows small height adjustments after mounting
  • wall-mountable (hardware included)
  • can be combined with additional VMA401 units to create multi-shelf system
  • 18"W x 6-1/2"H x 14-5/8"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Tempered glass shelf
  • Wall-mount bracket (3-piece)
  • Safety plate
  • Two M5 x 20mm screws
  • Two M5 x 6mm screws
  • 2.5" Lag-bolt
  • Flat washers
  • Three 2" wood-screws
  • 3 Drywall anchors
  • Plastic wall-inserts
  • Hex-key
  • Instruction Manual

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Features

On-Wall Component Shelf: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 is a single-column AV component shelf that mounts directly under wall-mounted TVs for a sleek, streamlined look. Its center column is vertically adjustable for perfect alignment under a wall-mounted TV, even after hanging. The center column features an integrated channel for easy power cable and signal wire routing. The thick tempered-glass shelf supports up to 15 lbs and can be vertically adjusted to accommodate almost any AV component arrangement. You can combine more than one VMA401 for a multiple shelving unit.

Tempered Glass: The Sanus VMA401 features a thick tempered 6mm glass can hold up to 15 lbs. The shelf measures 18" (w) x 14.5" (d). The tempered glass shelf will hold most satellite/cable boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players, or game consoles. This shelf is not recommend for most A/V receivers which tend to weigh more than 15 lbs.

Slim Profile: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 features a slim profile that works well with wall-mounted ultra-thin LCD, LCD-LED, and Plasma TVs. The VMA401's wall-mount bracket only sits 1.375" from the wall. The wall-mount bracket measures 6.0625" (w) x 6.5625" (h).

Post Installation Adjustment: The Sanus VMA401 single-column AV component shelf offers post installation micro-adjustment to ensure your seated component is at the perfect height in regards to your wall-mounted television. You can adjust the height (+/- 0.75") and level (+/-7.5°) using the supplied hex-key.

Cable Management System: The Sanus VMA401 employs an integrated cable management system that organizes and keeps your cables hidden without having to run them through the wall.

Multiple Shelf Solution (optional): You can combine the Sanus VMA401 with other VMA401 shelf-units to create a multiple shelf solution below your wall-mounted television.

Simple Installation: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 AV component shelf can be easily mounted to sheetrock, wood studs, or concrete. All hardware is included.

Required Installation Tools:

  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure (ruler)
  • Level
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Ratchet with 7/16" (11mm) socket
  • Drill (1/8" bit for wood stud; 3/8" for masonry installation)
 

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Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Impressive build quality

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 3/9/2012 12:34:00 PM

The first thing I noticed when I took the VMA401 out of the box was how hefty the tinted glass shelf was. That's a good thing — I expect it to be a rock-solid support for my gear. The second thing I noticed was that the back bracket was powder-coated steel. Very nice.

The third thing I noticed was the front panel on the bracket was flexible plastic. It's molded to the exact shade of black as the bracket, so the bracket appears solid from a distance. This panel can be popped off, making running cables much easier. And when they're in place, the panel goes back on, covering them up.

The VMA401's a simple design, but one that clearly a lot of thought went into.

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5 out of 5

Sanus VMA401

Written By SanusVMA 401, Phila, PA on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Durable, attractive and easy to install
Pros:
Shipment arrived within the next 2 days
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great shelf

Written By Mitchyak, Lafayette CO on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Great solution for components for wall mount TV. Easy to install. Clean look. Solid construction. I stacked 2 shelves for satellite box and blueray. Wire pass through should accommodate 4 HDMI and a power cable.
Pros:
Easy installation. Clean look. Wire pass through organizes and hides wires. Clear instructions.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Sanus VMA401

Written By Mike, Aurora,CO on Monday, December 23, 2013
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Very easy to install, took less than half an hour. Hides wiring nicely and looks great on the wall.
Pros:
Looks, simplicity of installation.
Cons:
Made in China. Can't we make anything in the U.S. anymore?
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5 out of 5

Sanus VMA401

Written By EDS, Greenville, SC on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Elegant design and large enough to accomodate a regular size cable box or DVD/Blueray player. Simplistic design that makes installation quick and easy.
Pros:
Design, installation
Cons:
tempered glass shelf
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5 out of 5

Works well, solid install

Written By Jeff, Boulder, CO on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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Works as intended, looks nice, almost a little too wide for our component we needed to put on it, but would easily hold a stereo component or large cable box.
Pros:
Looks Nice, hold a decent amount of weight, easy to install.
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5 out of 5

Slick unit

Written By Anonymous, Benton, LA on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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Another great product from Sanus. EVERY detail was thought out and that makes for beauty and functionality in this unit.
Pros:
Well built. Beautiful. Functional.
Cons:
None
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1 question already asked

Im looking to stack a cable box and xbox on this. My question is does the opening for the cables look big enough for several cables? Even better any chance you can provide the dimensions of that opening the cables go thru. I'd luv to be able to hide them all. Thanks! [ Melknee  Jan 24, 2014 ]
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  • the dimensions are 1" high by 1 1/4" wide and about an inch from the wall. Hope this helps. [ Jackie   Jan 31, 2014 ]
  • Thank you Bonnie! [ Melknee   Jan 30, 2014 ]
  • Thank you Thomas WS! [ Melknee   Jan 30, 2014 ]
  • THANKS SO MUCH GERALD JW! [ Melknee   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • I recently mounted this device below a wall mounted TV in our exercise room. The platform was for our Xfinity cable box so routed through the channel were: (1) the power cord for the cable box, (2) the coaxial video connector to the cable box (not a very flexible cable), and (3) the HDMI connection from the cable box to the TV (a high quality cable that was also not very flexible. I had no trouble with the space for these cables and there would easily have been space for another three wire component video connection. It's a high quality, well made device - I would recommend it. [ GERALD J   Jan 28, 2014 ]
  • You should have no problem getting your cables to run behind the shelf. I know you only see the 1 inch square hole in the picture, but you can actually slide the plastic backing (with the 1 inch hole) up to feed the cables in. I actually had my HTPC (mac mini), audio receiver, and Blu-Ray player on two of these shelves stacked one on the other. I had at least 3 power cables, 5 (14-gauge) audio cables, 3 HDMI, 2 USB cables, and 1 subwoofer coax cable running behind the plastic backing piece. I think there is about 4-6 inches of space (side-to-side) for all your cables to be hidden. Hope this helps. Good luck!! [ THOMAS W   Jan 25, 2014 ]
  • I have 2 Hdmi cables and 2 power cable with room for more. Width(left to right) - Top opening ~1.5 inches. (Back to front width of top opening is ~ 3/8 to 1/2 inch) Bottom opening 1 inch. In the other shelf unit I have a coax cable and a thick power strip cable. The 2 shelves stack nicely. [ JAN   Jan 25, 2014 ]
  • I just installed this for my blue ray and was surprised at not only the ease of installation but also its high end construction. The wall bracket that holds the cables is plenty big enough for two components. Check the weight load specs but it should be fine. [ ROBERT   Jan 25, 2014 ]
  • Currently we have a cable box with the power cord, the cable itself, the cable to the TV, and there is more than enough room for all that. The opening is about 2" x 3". Hope this helps. BTW we also used a coiled cable manager to tidy everything up. [ BONNIE C   Jan 25, 2014 ]

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