I did it. I pulled the plug and got a TV Easel. Cost Plus Warehouse on sale, and with a coupon.
I do have to make a side note, that I had been looking for a credenza, but could find none in the budget, and the month after I did the easel, credenzas were all over Craigs List.
But, I love the easel. Would do it again, and am so glad I went that route.
I added a shelf and used brackets to clamp it down for the sound bar.
HGTV below, one of my inspiration photos.
Restoration Hardware. I love their stuff.