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BDI Octave Media Cabinet Takes Things Up a Level: Quick Take

Looking for that piece of high-end A/V furniture to complete your system and keep everything neat and organzed? The BDI Octave does the job.

BDI Octave 8379 Media Cabinet in Toasted Walnut Lifestyle

If you’ve ever flipped through a home decoration magazine, it’s more than likely that you stumbled across a BDI advertisement. There are few companies in the home theater space that have consistently delivered such high-end pieces of furniture for your home stereo or home theater system. The BDI Octave is another example of their high level of craftsmanship and forward thinking products.

BDI Octave 8377 Media Cabinet in Drift Oak Lifestyle
BDI Octave 8377 in Drift Oak (Three Door Version)

The company makes a range of contemporary media consoles that not only look great, but also offer functionality for A/V enthusiasts. Some of those features include a hidden wheels for easy positioning, room for a sound bar, and acoustically transparent doors that not only let sound through, but remote signals in.

BDI Octave 8379 Media Cabinet in Toasted Walnut Rear
Rear View: BDI Octave 8379 in Toasted Walnut (Four Door Version)

The BDI Octave Media Cabinet checks all of these boxes and few more you didn’t think you needed. For starters the cabinet is built to the standards of a luxury piece of furniture. It comes nearly fully assembled. Only the wheels/base need to be screwed in. It is well ventilated, which prevents electronics from overheating. Adjustable shelving makes it easy organize equipment, but it’s the smartly placed holes between sections that not only conceal wiring but make it easier to connect components.

The BDI Octave comes in two sizes and two finishes. There’s a four-door cabinet (model 8379) for TVs up to 85-inches and a three-door console (model 8377) for TVs up to 70-inches. Both come in either drift oak (light wood) or toasted walnut (dark wood) with the same gray perforated metal doors.

BDI Octave 8379 Media Cabinet in Toasted Walnut Doors Open Showing Soundbar
BDI Octave 8379 in Toasted Walnut with Sonos PlayBar

If your goal is to conceal a sound bar, the Octave 4-door console could be the one for you. There is room for a sound bar up to 37.75 inches wide. Top rated soundbars such as the Samsung HW-A450 ($169 at Amazon), Yamaha YAS-209 ($299 at Amazon) or Sonos Beam ($399) fit just fine.

However, you probably want to avoid a Dolby Atmos soundbar with upward firing speakers, because those directional sounds will get trapped inside the cabinet.

Therefore soundbar placement atop the cabinet is your best bet if considering top-of-the-line Dolby Atmos soundbars, such as the Sonos Arc ($799), Vizio Elevate ($959 at Amazon) or Samsung HW-Q950T ($1499 at Amazon).

BDI Octave 8377 Media Cabinet in Drift Oak Showing Soundbar Lifestyle
BDI Octave 8377 Media Cabinet in Drift Oak: Conceals a Sound Bar Behind All Three Doors

Ultimately your budget and personal style will determine if BDI Octave can have a place in your home.

With a $2,529 price tag, there are certainly less expensive media consoles on the market from other brands, but none that match the fit and finish BDI offers. Although, the BDI Sector 7527 has a similar gray facade, which could appeal to many for almost half the price.

BDI Octave 8377 and 8379 Media Cabinets in Drift Oak
Top: BDI Octave 8377 (3-door), Bottom: BDI Octave 8379 (4-door)

Price and Availability

Tip: Pay the extra $79 for expert installation unless you’re comfortable flipping a 185 lbs cabinet around.

BDI Octave 8379 Media Cabinet in Toasted Walnut Door Open
BDI Octave 8379 in Toasted Walnut

Specifications

Octave 8379Octave 8377
MSRP$2,529$2,144
StyleFour DoorsThree Doors
FinishesToasted Walnut
Drift Oak
Toasted Walnut
Drift Oak
Recommended TV SizeUp to 85-inchesUp to 70-inches
Center compartment (width)37.75 in44 in (across all compartments)
Height29.5 in29.5 in
Width81 in61.25 in
Depth20 in20 in
Weight185 lbs152 lbs
Adjustable shelf capacity50 lbs50 lbs
Bottom shelf capacity100 lbs100 lbs
Top shelf capacity150 lbs150 lbs

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