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Center Stage CSB-1205 PRO

Ultra-slim speaker shelf for flat-panel TVs

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Center Stage CSB-1205 PRO

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A flat-panel TV is great — unless you want to place your center channel speaker above it. That's where the CSB-1205 Pro comes in. This ultra-slim bracket easily attaches to the top of your flat-panel TV and acts as a shelf for a center channel speaker or other slim component. So you can have the speaker above the TV where you want it, giving you the best sound without having to drill mounting holes in your wall.

A flat-panel TV is great — unless you want to place your center channel speaker above it. That's where the CSB-1205 Pro comes in. This ultra-slim bracket easily attaches to the top of your flat-panel TV and acts as a shelf for a center channel speaker or other slim component. So you can have the speaker above the TV where you want it, giving you the best sound without having to drill mounting holes in your wall.

This ultra-slim shelf is designed for small- and medium-sized center channel speakers with a maximum depth of 5". Thick rubber caps at the end of the legs tighten against your TV to keep the shelf securely in place. You can also adjust the mounting screws to angle the speaker down towards your listening position for better sonic performance. Four self-adhesive rubber pads that mount to the lip of the shelf are included to protect the finish on your TV.

This shelf is holding a large center speaker very securely and couldn't be happier. Two day delivery can't be beat!

Steven, Raleigh, NC

What's in the Box:

  • Top plate
  • 2 Support legs
  • 2 Screws
  • 2 Rubber stoppers
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet

Product Highlights:

  • mounts directly to most free-standing or wall-mounted TVs
  • not compatible with ultra-slim OLED and LCD TVs like Sony's XBR-X900C models
  • holds a speaker or other component up to 5" deep and weighing up to 15 lbs.
  • support legs with rubber caps keep shelf in place
  • self-adhesive rubber pads protect TV finish
  • durable aluminum construction
  • black anodized finish
  • shelf measures 12"W x 5"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Center Stage CSB-1205 PRO Reviews

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17 Reviews

Simple, high quality solution

Written by: Madhukar from Denver, CO on May 26, 2016

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Wonderful solution to a situation where I was unable to mount my flat-panel TV or speakers due to building restrictions, but the center speaker was too tall and would obstruct the front of the television. Very quick to assemble and mount on top of the TV. At the price point, I do wish they would include either velcro or a rubberized surface on top of the metal stand as well.

Pros: simple but functional design, quick to build

Cons: ultra thin TVs might have a problem with this

Simply Brilliant

Written by: Tracybjazz from Grand Rapids, MI on May 10, 2016

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Simple design, flawless functionality and near invisibility make this a perfect solution. I'm using it with Def Tech Procinema 2000 on a 49" LG 4K TV, free standing on a media center. After looking at several other options (eg, speaker stands, TV platforms, wall mounts, etc), it was quickly obvious that this item would look and function great.

Pros: Simple design: the weight of the speaker holds everything in place Near invisibility: the speakers sits flush on the top of the TV Tilt: easily set the desired angle for the speaker with the adjustable, threaded bolts

Cons: Harder to now position my TV with a heavy speaker balanced on top of it so set the TV before mounting the speaker. :-). No cons to this item. It's perfect.

Great solution

Written by: Steven from Raleigh, NC on May 3, 2016

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This shelf is holding a large center speaker very securely and couldn't be happier. Two day delivery can't be beat!

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Effective Quality

Written by: HHong from Gilbert, AZ on April 11, 2016

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The design is well engineered and made of quality materials. Assembled and installed in less than 10 minutes. Works perfectly

Pros: Effective, quality, easy installation

Cons: None

Center Stage Speaker Shelve

Written by: Steve B from orlando, FL on February 10, 2016

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I looked at several like products and the Center Stage shelve was exactly what it's advertised to be. I used it as a shelve to place my cable box in a position above my flat screen tv. It made it easier to control the cable box and tv together. The unit was easy to assemble and set up. You can hardly tell its sitting atop the television which is another plus. I would definately recommend this product.

Pros: Functionality, Form and Price

Cons: So please with the unit, I can't think of any.

Just what I needed!

Written by: BigWaveDave from Marco Island, FL on January 31, 2016

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Excellent product! I needed a place for my Bose sound bar and because my 58" flat screen is on a table stand there was no room for it to sit under the screen. This shelf is easy to install and adjust and perfect for the same length sound bar. Make sure you have at least 1/4" to1/2" frame around your picture screen so the front lip doesn't hang down blocking the picture.

Pros: Perfect for placing a sound bar at the top of your flat screen when the TV is on a table stand

Cons: none

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Written by: mike from Texas on August 29, 2015

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First of all I would like to thank the customer rep for his outstanding care. Received wrong item and within a short time the right item was shipped. Wish all customer care was as efficient as Crutchfield has been. Thanks again. The center stage was exactly was i was looking for to mount my Polk Audio center speaker on. Easy installation and sturdy. Thanks Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: none

Excellent for my Onkyo center speaker!

Written by: Dan R. from Maryland on June 5, 2015

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Extremely simple to put together, sturdy, & holds weight fine. It is made with a truly universal design, since it doesn't screw into the back of the TV. It's own weight keeps it in place. My Onkyo center speaker is roughly 5-7 pounds, about 14-15 inches wide and the shelf supports it very well, even though the shelf is slightly smaller than the speaker. The back, left & right sides of the speaker hang over the edge of the shelf by an inch or so, but I actually like this, because it gives the illusion that the speaker is floating behind/above the tv. You can also adjust the tilt of the shelf with the wingnuts to angle the center speaker downward, which I did at about a -15 degree angle. My 50 inch Panasonic plasma tv has a half inch black frame and my speakers are black with silver trim and this blends in with them nicely. There's also no branding on the device at all (which I like) so it looks like it came with the tv/speaker. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who can't decide where to put their center speaker.

Pros: Easiest install Ever. Requires no tools. Performs as described. Fits virtually any flat screen tv that is less than 6" in depth. Sleek look & light-weight design. Sturdy once installed.

Cons: For me, none, but if you have a TV with an "edgeless" screen, the shelf might hang over the top of the screen by about a quarter inch. Also if you have a very large center speaker (bigger than 18'' x 8'' x 8''), it may not be as stable on the shelf.

Great product, great service

Written by: Leo from Canton, MA on May 27, 2015

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I bought this to fit in a 5" space behind my TV. I had some trouble setting it up at first because the back of my TV is angled longer than average. I reached out to center stage customer service and got quick and helpful responses. I have to admit that I still feel a little weary of having the speaker up there and angled down, but the weight of the speaker combined with the provided rubber feet does seem to keep it secure.

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Center Speaker Mount

Written by: Ray B from Westchester, California on May 17, 2015

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Exactly what we needed for a new wall mounted TV. Wall is tile so the only holes I wanted to add were the required ones for the TV mount. This stand solved the problem for the center speaker.

Pros: Very easy to install.

Cons: Would like a non-slide surface for the speaker to sit on. TV cannot be pushed flat against the wall with the stand installed.

Center speaker shelf: simple and affordable

Written by: Dan R from Renton, WA on May 13, 2015

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Center speaker shelf has worked out great. Super easy to set up and it accommodates the modest center speaker in our smallish living room. It made a big difference in the home theater set-up's mid- and high-range sound. (Lots of sound absorbing furniture so we really needed this shelf for a long, long time.)

Pros: Small footprint and easy adjustments with nothing more than what you need. You'll place and forget it until it's time to dust that much-higher center speaker again.

Cons: No cons really.

Great Option

Written by: Mcdaygo from California on March 2, 2015

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Pretty self explanatory if you're in the market for one of these, this does a great job of securing itself to my television set. I do have a pretty new Samsung UHD set and the Center Stages front "lip" for lack of a better term is a hair larger than the screens bezel. I didn't see that measurement listed before I purchased this but it's barely noticeable from my usual TV seating perspective.

Pros: Secure, well made, and does its job as intended.

Cons: May not be ideal for newer or thin bezel sets.

Center Stage CSB-1205

Written by: Mike from Pennsylvania on February 1, 2015

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Perfect solution to center speaker placement. Easy setup and does exactly what I needed.

Pros: Easy setup Low profile

Cons: None

Excellent shelf for center speaker

Written by: GeorgeL from California on January 27, 2015

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I needed a place optimally set center speaker, this shelf provided a perfect location and my center speaker now sounds great.

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Support Screws Not Long Enough

Written by: Curt Y from St. Michaels,MD on December 24, 2014

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The construction of this shelf is very sturdy but with the new, thin TV screens, it is a little out of touch with the need for longer support screws. I just purchased a new LG OLED TV and the screen is so thin that the support screws are not long enough to level the shelf. The center speaker has a leveling adjustment screw which can somewhat compensate for this problem but it would be better if the shelf screws were probably an inch longer.

Pros: Construction of the shelf

Cons: Screws nit long enough

Affordable Sturdy Shelf

Written by: garyw from ocala,fl on October 23, 2014

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I was skeptical in purchasing this product due to its small size, but I have no regrets after installing it. It took less than 5 minutes to setup and even though I do not have a completely flat back on my tv, this shelf still supports my 15 lbs center speaker. My home theater needs were met after purchasing stands and this speaker shelf.

Pros: Secure even on non flat panels Easy installation No tools needed Saves space

Cons: Must have a flat panel TV, but doable without it

Great Product!

Written by: MikeF from Houston, TX on September 15, 2014

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Works perfectly on my new Vizio M-Series 60" TV. Easily adjustable, and big enough for a range of center channel speakers.

Pros: Quick Setup. Easy adjustment. Quality construction. Perfect size.

Cons: N/A

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What's in the box?

  • Top plate
  • 2 Support legs
  • 2 Screws
  • 2 Rubber stoppers
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet

Product Research

Features

Center Stage Bracket: Center Stage Brackets were developed to meet the growing demand for brackets that would allow consumers to place center channel speakers and other home theater components on top of flat-panel LCD, LED, and Plasma television displays.

High-Grade Aluminum Construction: The Center Stage Bracket CSB-1205-PRO is constructed of high-grade aluminum and uses adjustable steel hardware. It is available in a matte-black finish.

Compatibility: The Center Stage Bracket CSB-1205-PRO is designed to accommodate most flat-panel televisions (up to 2" deep at the top) that are wall or table-top mounted. This model is suited for small and medium-sized speakers which have a maximum depth of 5" and weigh up to 15 lbs. The bracket measures 12" wide.

  • Center Channel Application: The CSB-1205-PRO is suited for a wide range of speakers and televisions. The Center Stage Bracket allows speakers to be easily and quickly  mounted on top of modern flat-panel televisions whether they are freestanding or wall-mounted. The Center Stage Bracket is aesthetically pleasing and allows the center channel speaker to be placed in an optimal position without damage to the television.
  • Component Application: The Center Stage Bracket is also very effective at holding various audio/video components on top of flat-panel televisions and computer monitors including Blue-ray players, DVD players, satellite receivers, and cable boxes. In addition, the Center Stage Bracket can be used with Web cams for video conferencing rooms or personal computers.
Note: The Center Stage Bracket will not work with super-slim LED-LCD and OLED TVs.

Installation: The Center Stage Bracket CSB-1205-PRO features a low-profile design that is easy to install. It universally mounts on top of most flat-panel televisions that are freestanding or wall-mounted. The Center Stage Bracket features a top plate with self-adhesive rubber feet that rests on the top of your flat-panel television, and two adjustable leg supports which clamp to the back of your flat-panel TV for an easy and secure installation.

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Why did you buy this?

Went with a larger TV. My current wall unit will only hold a 42" TV and was pretty outdated. Just bought a new entertainment wall unit and although it does have a shelf above the TV to hold my Polk Audio Blackstone center speaker, my wife dubbed the top shelf as hers... So hoping this shelve will do the trick. [ Daniel  Jul 16, 2016 ]
I do not have room under my TV for my center channel and I didn't want to drill holes in the wall. [ Jim  Jul 13, 2016 ]
Met my needs. [ DAVID C  Jan 17, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

It will work as long as you have 3/8" minimum edge around the screen for mounting. I'm using it on a 60" Sony without any problems. [ WILLIAM  Feb 01, 2016 ]
Yes, it should work as shelf with your tv. [ Willie  Jan 31, 2016 ]
can't say for sure but it fits my 60" with no problems. A lip fits over the top of the TV frame and the adjustable support screws contact the rear of the TV with rubber/plastic "bumpers". A good, sturdy product that most likely will fit your tv. [ JONATHAN  Jan 30, 2016 ]
My TV is about 1.5 to 2 inches wide and it works great, very well made. [ TRACEY  Jan 30, 2016 ]
I have mine on a 32" Samsung, and I don't have any problem with bracket covering the screen. [ TRACEY  Jan 30, 2016 ]
How thick is the LG? [ TRACEY  Jan 30, 2016 ]
I bought the CSB -1205 PRO and currently have it installed on a Samsung 55in.8000 series TV. I couldn't be happier with how easy it was to mount and securely place the center channel speaker of my system where it needed to be. I highly recommend this product. [ MARK A  Jan 29, 2016 ]
I Use this on my Sony 55 inch 4K, the TV has a very small border. This product works perfect and does not infringe on picture. [ PETE  Jan 29, 2016 ]
It Works perfectly on my Samsung 55" LED [ Greg  Jan 29, 2016 ]
The total width of the lip is 5/8" , however, only 3/8 overhangs the TV and does not obstruct the view of the screen with 1/2" frame. We are 100% satisfied with this product. Robert V, [ ROBERT  Jan 29, 2016 ]
The lip overhangs 3/8". I think it should work for you. [ WILLIAM  Dec 29, 2015 ]
The total lip is less than 3/4" and about half of that (~3/8") covers the TV frame. The stand has worked well for me, seems solid and, at least in my setup, mostly "invisible" [ JONATHAN  Dec 28, 2015 ]
The frame of my tv is 3/8", and the Ceter stage hangs about the same. It doesn't interfere with the tv at all. [ Gregg  Dec 28, 2015 ]
The overhang is 1/2 inch. Willie B. [ Willie  Dec 28, 2015 ]
A hair over 1/4" [ Greg  Dec 28, 2015 ]

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