Accessories To Make
A Big Splash At CEDIA
By John Laposky On Sep 13 2010 - 3:01am
— This year’s CEDIA Expo brings an opportunity
for accessories suppliers to further enhance
the use and set up of the monster displays, screens,
home-theater and home-control systems that will surround
them on the show floor.
In particular, A/V furniture and mounting solutions,
3D enhancement products and power-management
components will be on display in a vastly broad spectrum
of price levels and sophistication.
At least three companies, including XpanD and
Monster, will be showing universal 3D glasses that
are said to work with all brands of active-shutter 3D
displays. With 3D TV sales lagging behind expectations
so far, the custom-install channel will
be watching closely for any announcements of new
bundling agreements or new price points.
debuted its X103 universal 3D glasses at
the recently concluded IFA show in Germany. The
glasses are compatible with 3D LCD TVs from Sony,
Samsung, LG and Philips; 3D DLP TVs from Mitsubishi;
Pansonic and Samsung 3D plasma TVs; and active-
shutter PC monitors and any movie theater using
XpanD Cinema technology for projection.
Pricing for the U.S. market is expected to be announced
at the show in addition to a line of glasses
accessories, including X-wipes sanitizing wipes and
will be displaying its own universal 3D
glasses, Monster Vision Max 3D glasses, first announced
in June. Head monster Noel Lee at the time
said an expanded line of the glasses, in various colors
and styles “designed by some of the most famous designers
in the eyewear industry,” were on the horizon.
An announcement to that end is expected at CEDIA.
Motorized mounting solutions will continue to hit
new low price points while offering healthy margins.
Among the exhibitors showing expanded motorized
options, CLO Systems
’ Wallwizard brand, Premier
Mounts and Ergotech will announce new innovative
control technologies and sharper price points.
Among other mounting exhibitors, China-based EMount
will make its CEDIA debut with a line of more
than 400 SKUs of flush, tilt, cantilever, projector and
ceiling mounts for the integrator channel.
Another CEDIA newcomer, PLD Studios
California-based design studio founded last year by
industrial designer Chen Lien “Nick” Dong, will display
its line of “intelligently conceived, cleverly designed”
mounting solutions that “balance efficient function
with a touch of whimsy.” According to Dong, most
of PLD’s off-the-shelf products can also be customized
in the company’s studio for mounting TVs on or in
any surface or piece of furniture in any living or work
space. PLD stands for Postmodern Living Products,
and most of the line is remote controlled.
Turkish supplier Sonorous
will be on hand with a
broad range of highly stylized A/V furniture, as well
as modular storage systems, flat-panel wall mounts,
cables and screen-cleaning solutions. The 6-year-old
company is intent on growing its distribution in the
U.S. and is looking to CEDIA Expo as an opportunity
to make a splash, the company said.
Mainstream consumer mounting brands such as
Chief, Elexa, Optoma, Premier and Video Mount Products
will also debut new lines of manual mounts.
Dozens of A/V furniture companies will have new
lines on display with a wider variety of motorized cabinets
and lifts expected to be shown by exhibitors including
Draper, California House, CDGi and CEDIA
will also exhibit a variety of
universal manual mounts as well as cables and two
home-theater projection screens. The manual wallmounted
screens come in diagonal sizes of 50 inches
and 120 inches in aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9.
will display new additions to first CinemaScape
acoustical screen products for use in home-theater interiors.
The screens and individual wall panels can display
detailed images on acoustically transparent (-1db)
fabric, resulting in what the company calls “a perfect
blend of aesthetics and acoustical performance.”
is adding what it calls a zero-clearance
mount to its StrongT line of flat-TV mounts. The Razor
Fixed Zero-Clearance Mounts are designed for today’s
ultra-thin flat-screen TVs and sits 5 mm off the
wall. SnapAV claims it to be the lowest-profile fixed
mount available on the market.
The mounts support up to 125 pounds and are
VESA-compliant. Two sizes are available, and all hardware
In addition to its broad line of mounting solutions, Premier Mounts
will be exhibiting its CPA-50 compact
power amplifier for use with its Uni series of
short-throw projection mounts.
The stand-alone product features three stereo inputs
and a discrete microphone input with mixer, along
with separate line and microphone gain adjustments.
It also has a control port for an optional external volume
control box, the WP-50, which can be located up
to 100 feet away from the CPA-50.
The CPA-50 “consumes little power,” according
to the company, and automatically goes into standby
mode if no input signal is detected for 20 minutes,
dropping power consumption to 0.8 watts.
The CPA-50 is also sold as an audio kit with speakers
(UNI-AUDIO), an audio system with GearBox
(UNI-GB+AUDIO), and as part of the UNI series
of projector arm mounts (UNI-STA+AUDIO, UNIEXT+
AUDIO and UNI-DS+AUDIO).
It will retail for $349 and is shipping now.